BUDGET WORK: Lawmakers Continue Negotiations

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Iowa lawmakers are still working at the Statehouse, trying to come together and pass a budget.

The session was scheduled to end Tuesday, that’s when legislators stopped received per diem payments, but differences between parties have kept lawmakers from adjourning.

The budget is the only bill that, by law, has to be completed.

Lawmakers say they are nearing a deal. Initially Democrats and Republicans were about $334 million apart in the amount of money they will spend next fiscal year.

Lawmakers had hoped to finish the session at the end of this week, but that’s looking like a long shot.