Qurimbach wary on education funding

An Ames lawmaker isn't optimistic when it comes to education funding in the 2018 Legislative session.  Democrat State Seantor Herman Quirmbach says the clock is ticking on a current-year budget cut to the regents system anywhere between $8 and $14 million.  He says the longer the cuts go unmade, the harder they'll be to make. He also says the news isn't much better for K-12 education, where an allowable growth rate for next year isn't likely to be any higher than one-percent.  Quirmbach says time is not on lawmakers' side this year with a short 100 day session that could be further compressed by efforts to save money. He says leadership wants lawmakers to be done in 85 days.