(Des Moines) The Iowa House voted 54-43 Thursday on a largely party-line vote to change the state law that requires Lawmakers to set so-called allowable growth in education spending within thirty-days of receiving the Governor’s budget.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler voted for the change to from “allowable growth,” to supplemental state aide.
“We think the smart thing to do is 43-percent of their revenue,” stated Baudler. “We want to give the schools certainty that what we promise them is what we will give them.”
Baudler admits it is a “hot button” issue. He says the Governor is doing two-year budgets and he thinks the school districts can do two-year budgets and have more certainty for their employees.
But, over in the Senate, the Majority Leader, Michael Gronstal doesn’t seem in a hurry to take up the bill in his chamber. He says he doesn’t buy the G-O-P’s argument that requiring allowable growth to be set so early leads to financial disappointment during “across-the-board” budget cuts.
Senator Gronstal says education funding gets the “Lion Share” of the state budget every year, and setting it first establishes the states priority.
February 14, 2014