Governor, lawmakers face 2018 budget issue

Addressing a projected shortfall in the state budget takes center stage with Iowa lawmakers.  Rrepublicans who hold majorities in the House and Senate left Des Moines last May having enacted a budget with a projected $107.3 million surplus. Tax collections failed to grow as predicted, leaving the current ledger millions out of balance. Kim Reynolds, who was sworn in as governor last May, already has indicated she wants to shield K-12 education from any midyear cut. She plans to offer her first budget proposal - both for fiscal 2018 adjustments and fiscal 2019 spending priorities - when she delivers her Jan. 9 Condition of the State address.