Iowa GOP Legislators Seek Limit On Spending
January 27, 2009, 2:16 PM
Some Republican legislators are seeking changes to Iowa's constitution to ensure that the Legislature doesn't overspend in the future.
On Tuesday, Sen. Steve Kettering of Lake View and other Republicans argued that recent spending increases demonstrate the need for a constitutional change limiting spending. Kettering is the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
He backs a constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to spend only 95 percent of any new state revenue. His plan also would limit lawmakers to spending only 99 percent of total dollars flowing into the state.
Kettering concedes such a plan wouldn't deal with current budget problems because constitutional changes require the approval of two consecutive general assemblies and then voter approval.
© 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
3/5/2014 9:55 PM
The kids were ready to start class with a substitute teacher, but then she left the room, and things went horribly wrong.
3/2/2014 7:12 PM
A woman is dead and her husband injured after a fire in Spink County.
3/7/2014 10:01 AM
Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says authorities caught up with Joshua Charles Hudson Friday morning.
3/2/2014 12:41 PM
Members of the Sturgis wrestling team were easy to spot at the South Dakota state tournament. They went bleach blond for Brandon.
3/4/2014 11:59 AM
A 22-year-old Sioux Falls man who admitted to texting and driving and killing a motorcyclist in the summer of 2012 will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon...