MUG - Lee Hein

      At 5:55 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, the Iowa House adjourned the 85th General Assembly. I spent just short of 24 hours at the Capital on the last day. We passed six of the 11 appropriation bills on the last day, remaining steadfast to our budgeting principals of spending less than we take in.

      Three years ago, Iowa faced a $900 million budget shortfall. As the session ends, Iowa is spending just 91 percent of what our outdated expenditure limitation law allows; our budget reserves remain full, and the ending balance is projected to be $740 million. We spent 98 percent of our ongoing revenues for ongoing expenses.

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