- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The head of Iowa’s corrections agency says he’d like state officials to consider the rising costs of medication for inmates when they prepare the next state budget.

Jerry Bartruff, director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, says the agency is trying to offset expenses that include paying for rising costs in medication and replacing expired federal funding for some treatment programs. He did not elaborate.

Bartruff discussed the costs Wednesday at a budget hearing attended by Gov. Terry Branstad. The governor is expected to release his budget proposal early next year.

Bartruff is seeking roughly $380 million for the fiscal year that begins in July, the amount allotted to the department last session. Bartruff says he can spend the same state dollars, but he’s hopeful Branstad may consider additional money.

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