State Budgets 2012: Iowa



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Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012: Convened January 9, 2012
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Annual

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Budget News and Information: 2012


6/18/12: Iowa: Nuns on the Road to Protest Budget Cuts

A group of Roman Catholic nuns has begun a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts, saying it was not trying to flout recent Vatican criticisms of socially active nuns but felt called to show how Republican policies are affecting low-income families.

Read more: The New York Times


6/8/12: Branstad Finalizes Iowa’s Fiscal 2013 State Budget

Gov. Terry Branstad put the finishing touches Thursday on a $6.244 billion state budget for fiscal 2013 by taking action on an infrastructure measure after returning from a trade mission to China.

Read more: The Gazette


4/27/12: No Give from Either Side on Iowa Budget

The speaker of the Iowa House said Thursday that Republicans “have nothing left to give” in budget negotiations, and Democrats signaled that they don't plan more compromises either as the impasse appeared certain to stretch at least into next week.

Read more: Omaha World-Herald


4/27/12: Branstad Pushes for Budget Resolution

Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday he wants to see House and Senate budget negotiators “get serious” and resolve their differences over fiscal 2013 spending levels and proposed reforms for property taxes, education and mental health next week.

Read more: Quad-City Times


4/19/12: Iowa House Passes $1.6 billion Budget for Health Care and Social Services

The Iowa Legislature inched closer to resolving next year’s budget on Wednesday, with House passage of a bill funding state health-care programs and social services.

Read more: Des Moines Register


4/13/12: Iowa GOP, Dems Disagree on Budget Talks Progress

Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Iowa are offering starkly differing views on efforts to write a new state budget and end this year's legislative session, differences that could stall the drive to adjournment.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek


4/2/12: Iowa Legislature: Time Short for Deals on State Budget, 3 Big Reforms

Democrats in the Iowa Legislature berated their Republican counterparts on Thursday over a budget proposal that would slash millions in funding for the state’s three regents universities.

Read more: Des Moines Register


3/30/12: Iowa House OKs Funding of Workforce Offices

The Iowa House has given final legislative approval to a spending plan aimed at keeping Iowa Workforce Development offices around the state open for the rest of this budget year.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek


3/23/12: Democrats, Republicans spar over state university funding

Democrats in the Iowa Legislature berated their Republican counterparts on Thursday over a budget proposal that would slash millions in funding for the state’s three regents universities.

Read more: Des Moines Register


3/14/12: Cownie: Taxes, Budget and Education Are Top Issues

The central themes of the 2012 session are property taxes, education reform, mental health reform, and the budget. 

Read more: Des Moines Register


3/10/12: State Reforms Chase Private Dollars to Invest in Education, Development

Gov. Terry Branstad’s reforms of the state economic development and education programs both include creation of “innovation funds” in which private dollars support public proposals.

Read more: Globe-Gazette


3/8/12: Report: Iowa’s casinos contributed nearly $1 billion to state’s economy in 2011

Iowa’s casino industry generated nearly $1 billion for the state’s economy over the past year, and most of the latest growth is linked to the opening of a major new casino in northwest Iowa.

Read more: Des Moines Register


3/3/12: State Cuts Blamed for Des Moines School Fiscal Woes

Some residents of the Des Moines school district said Saturday the Iowa Legislature should be lobbied to spend more taxpayer money on education.

Read more: Des Moines Register


Budget News and Information: Previous Budget Cycles

4/26/11: Iowa Lawmakers See Little Progress on State Budget

The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to adjourn this week as both parties remain stuck on the biggest task they face: writing a new state budget.

Read more: Forbes

4/15/11: Commercial Tax Relief Near, but Specifics on How Are Lacking

The Iowa Senate's passage this week of tax breaks for commercial property owners virtually assures that the long-sought goal of commercial property tax relief will win approval this legislative session.

Read more: Des Moines Register

4/14/11: Plans to Legalize Internet Poker in Iowa Deferred

Backers breathed new life into a gambling package Thursday by deferring plans to legalize Internet poker in Iowa for a year so state officials can better assess the extent of illegal activity currently taking place and how best to regulate an intrastate online gambling program.

Read more: Quad-City Times

4/14/11: Iowa Budget Deal Pays Defenders

Members of a House-Senate conference committee struck an agreement Thursday that would provide $45.7 million in supplemental spending to cover unpaid indigent defense costs and fund prison operations, human services and other programs until June 30.

Read more: Quad-City Times

3/3/11: Funding Decreases Cause More University Budget Cuts

Last year [Iowa's Regents Universities] received a total of $1,112,727,648 through five sources of income — state appropriations, federal funds, student fees, other income and sales and services.  This year, the Iowa House has proposed a nine percent decrease in funding, and Governor Branstad has proposed a 7.3 percent decrease.

Read more: Iowa State Daily