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GOP tries to close $50M Iowa budget gap


Cedar Rapids Gazette: For the first time in three years, state lawmakers are starting their budgeting process in a surplus position rather than having to cut agency spending in order to stem a flow of red ink. Republicans who control the House, Senate and governor’s office say they are nearly $50 million apart in a fiscal 2020 state budget plan that will top $7.6 billion. But they are optimistic they can close that gap in negotiations this month in a way that will fund priorities and help restore some areas particularly hard hit by recent midyear adjustments.

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