IA Lawmakers Keep Commitment To Renewable Energy
January 9, 2009, 10:20 AM
Top Democratic lawmakers say they want to keep intact programs that promote renewable energy in Iowa, despite a projected budget shortfall that could top $600 million.
Democratic leaders say the programs, including the $100 million Iowa Power Fund, should be largely spared from budget cuts. But a top Republican says the fund should face the same scrutiny as other areas of the budget when the Legislature convenes Monday.
Slumping tax revenue already has forced Governor Chet Culver to order cuts in spending for the current fiscal year.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal says spending now on energy programs will reap huge benefits in the future. But House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen says Republicans want to scrutinize every part of the budget to make sure money is being spent wisely.
Paulsen also says the state shouldn't solely focus on renewable energy and instead provide a climate that encourages businesses to invest in Iowa.
© 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
11/23/2015 5:59 PM
For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...
11/21/2015 4:46 PM
A Roslyn, South Dakota man is accused of trying to kill another man overnight.
11/25/2015 9:01 AM
Students at Harrisburg High School are celebrating Wednesday morning.
11/21/2015 7:20 AM
Police arrested a suspect who led officers on an early morning pursuit that damaged squad cars involved in the chase.
11/25/2015 6:18 AM
In her first and only television interview, Doohen talked about her son, who she called the joy of her life.