SESSION OVERVIEW: Gov. Branstad’s Recap

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Gov. Terry Branstad released a statement Thursday morning on what has been accomplished in the 2014 legislative session.

It reads, in part “We are proud to see a number of our policy proposals approved by the Iowa Legislature. We are pleased the Legislature joined us in support of a robust Renewable Fuel Standard early in the session. In early April, the House and Senate passed our plan to repurpose public buildings to serve as centers of economic development and commerce.”

Branstad goes on to say, “Over the coming weeks, we will carefully review the budget passed by the Legislature. After years of budget mismanagement, Iowans expect us to maintain responsible budgeting. Our careful planning has taken us from a projected billion dollar spending gap when we took office to a $700 million budget surplus today.”

He commented on several accomplishments including Home Base Iowa, a tuition freeze at state universities and also mentioned some of the legislation he was disappointed didn’t pass like stronger laws against bullying and a high-speed internet bill that would bring access to rural Iowans.

Branstad did not include anything in his statement about the passage of the cannabis oil bill.

You can read the governor’s complete comments on the 2014 session here.

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