SPENDING AGREEMENT: Iowa Lawmakers Cool Down After Argument

Just one day after the shouting match on the Senate floor, Iowa lawmakers appear to be playing nice.

Two state senators accused each other of lying about a bill clarifying Medicaid payments to caregivers on Tuesday.  But while working on the budget on Wednesday there were no outbursts but agreements.

The House and Senate announced spending levels on Wednesday for the coming budget year.  Both Republicans and Democrats said the state will spend $6.97-billion, coming out to a 7.4 percent increase over this year’s budget.

The spending level is $29-million less than what Governor Branstad proposed.

Lawmakers said they are optimistic that by already agreeing on spending levels, they might be able to end the legislative session ahead of schedule.