- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill increasing funding for educational programming and infrastructure in Iowa has won the support of a divided legislative panel.

Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 13-7 on Monday in favor of the appropriation, with all Republicans voting against it. The measure is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor.

The bill would allot $986 million to go toward Iowa’s educational efforts for fiscal year 2015. It includes funds appropriated specifically to the Iowa’s Department of Education and the Board of Regents, among other programs and organizations. Sen. Brian Shoenjahn, an Arlington Democrat, says the appropriation is an $87 million increase from last year’s budget.

Republican Sen. Jake Chapman, of Adel, opposed the bill, saying he couldn’t support growing government at a faster rate than household income growth.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide