Ames lawmaker critical of budget cut inaction

An Ames state representative says de-appropriations in the current year's budget are getting harder to make by the day. Democrat Beth Wessel-Kroeschell says projected cuts of nearly $7 million at Iowa State University could happen after tuition for the year's been collected and employment agreements with facility and staff are in place.  She says a number of building projects on campus have been suspended amidst the budget uncertainty. Wessel-Kroeschell says it also comes as Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are pushing a $1 billion tax cut she insists the state can't afford. The tax cut bill was approved by a Senate subcommittee last week. It could come up for debate this week.

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