Local reps find partisan wars heating up under the Gold Dome

Monday, February 26, 2001

As Republicans and Democrats begin to scuffle over everything from budget cuts to English as the state's official language at the Statehouse, State Senator Mary Lou Freeman said the tone in Des Moines has become partisan.

"I would say that it is probably more partisan than other years," Freeman said. "Maybe part of that is the redistricting we will be doing toward the end of the session. Politics does play a role in what happens down here, unfortunately."

Currently Republicans are pushing a $40 million cut on this year's budget, warning that a slowing economy is draining the state's treasury.

"Revenues are not coming in as expected," Freeman said. "When the Revenue Estimating Conference met in December, they had to revise downward on the year."

Freeman said Gov. Tom Vilsack has also pushed budget increases over the last two years.

"We have been spending a lot of money in the last two years," she said. "And if revenue would have kept up we would have been fine."

Read the rest of this article in the 2/24 Pilot Tribune.

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