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Tough budgeting decisions will build a stronger Iowa

From Sen. Tom Rielly (D-Oskaloosa)

November 18, 2009
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
In spite of the best revenue estimates of state budget experts, Iowa is being hit harder than expected by the national recession.

Many in our communities have lost their jobs. Families are struggling to make ends meet. Everybody is cutting back — and that goes for state government, too.

Plans for most state agencies and departments to implement the 10-percent across-the-board cuts have been approved.

In order to keep the current year’s state budget balanced, we’ll see furloughs and layoffs across state government, vacant positions left unfilled, and cuts to programs and services. At the same time, every effort will be made to protect public safety and services to children and vulnerable adults. For more details, go to

In the Legislature, we’ve cut 10 percent from our operating budget for the current fiscal year. We’re now turning our attention to preparing the budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which we’ll approve during the 2010 legislative session.

This won't be a painless, easy process, but it's what we have to do to continue to be fiscally responsible and make sure Iowa’s economy rebounds as quickly as possible.

Your continued input is needed as we move forward with tough budget decisions.

Please contact me with your ideas for improving state government.

You can also submit your ideas online and read the suggestions of other Iowans at

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State Sen. Tom Rielly



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