(Des Moines) House and Senate Conferees meeting Monday to lay groundwork for negotiations over the ag and D-N-R budgets. Manilla Representative Dan Muhlbaurer “Threw down the Gauntlet” over increased funding during his opening statement Monday morning.
“We have hit rock bottom and it is time we start moving forward and head in the right direction in fully finding everything we have in ag and Natural Resources.”
And Griswold Representative and Conference Committee Co-Chair Jack Drake says he’s getting indications increased funding will be a real possibility.
“And I am told we will have additional funding coming for DNR, and we will know more when we get our final budget.”
No decisions will be made in any budget conference committee until leaders settle on that final “Big Number” for overall state spending.
Iowa Radio Network
April 24, 2012