Governor Terry Branstad wants to get reliable funding for water quality while adding a couple decades more of educational resource money.
It was in discussions for several months but this week the governor announced a proposal he's working on that would fund both education and water quality until the mid-21st century.
Branstad says the Nutrient Reduction Strategy is good but the problem was a lack of reliable funding.
In 2008, the governor and Iowa congress passed a 20 year sales tax that would go to school infrastructure on a per student basis. The governor now wants to extend that another 20 years, guaranteeing the first $10 million of growth every year to education, using an expected average 2.85 percent annual increase.
But on top of that, any additional revenue would be the ongoing, permanent source of funding for the nutrient reduction strategy.
Branstad says, "It would also go to point-source pollution as well as non-point. It would generate $20.7 billion dollars for schools over this period of time. And just under $4.7 billion for water quality."
The water quality funding would start out small, but grow to be much larger.
Governor Branstad says this proposal will take a lot of people working together in agriculture business and education to get it through, "It's a big bold plan, it's probably the boldest thing I've ever recommended as governor. You know, to deal with both school infrastructure, water quality, and to do it without raising taxes."
This is still just a proposal and is subject to change as it gets more input. The Iowa legislature would have to pass the extension of funding by the sales tax.