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Iowa Legislature Begins 2013 Session

Posted at: 01/14/2013 10:15 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Legislature has convened for a session focused on education reform and commercial property tax cuts.

 
On Monday morning, lawmakers in Des Moines opened the 85th session.
 
Earlier in the day, Gov. Terry Branstad unveiled a $187 million plan to change Iowa's K-12 education system.
 
The proposal calls for increasing minimum pay for entry level teachers from $28,000 to $35,000 annually. Aspiring teachers also could be offered tuition assistance.
 
Lawmakers this session also will take up Branstad's plans to reduce commercial property taxes.
 
Unlike recent sessions, the state now has a nearly $1 billion budget surplus, making it easier for lawmakers to fund programs.
 
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1/14/2013 10:11:32 AM (GMT -6:00)