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A key Democratic senate leader said lawmakers will start work on funding the Iowa Workforce Development for the end of the fiscal year, which ends June 30th.

Senator Bill Dotzler, of Waterloo, said he will be part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers.

Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Governor Terry Branstad last year illegally re-directed money after line-item vetoing IWD funding intended to keep 36 regional offices open. The court ruling eliminates much of the IWD funding for the remainder of the year and the court gave lawmakers 21 days starting March 17th to remedy the issue.

Dotzler said, "That's what it's got to be about. It can't be about, o.k., the governor had his illegal veto and then, you know, we're pointing fingers back and forth at each other. We should be above that."

Representative Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schelswig, will take part in the negotiations.

This work comes at a time lawmakers already have major work to do to find agreement on reforms in education, property taxes and mental health. But Schultz said he expects lawmakers to reach agreement. He said, "In my short career, I've noticed we have big things on our plate in each legislative session. It always gets worked out in the end."

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