- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Leaders in the Republican-controlled Iowa House are offering their budget outline, which includes a lower overall spending goal than the plans put forth by the governor or the Democrat-majority Senate.

House Republicans released their plan Wednesday. Their budget would spend about $7.17 billion, compared to the $7.3 billion spending proposals from Senate Democrats and Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, says House Republicans want spending to stay within the expected revenue for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says the House proposal would cause “significant problems” in managing state government.

Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over how much new funding to provide to schools for the upcoming academic year.

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