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Counter Proposal

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John Pemble / IPR
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The east side of Iowa’s Capitol in the evening.

Budget bills are coming from House and Senate committees with many similarities but some differences. The Senate proposes more funding for the regents universities but less for the Department of Corrections. Eventually a compromise needs to be reached for these budgets to be passed. It’s a process common to the end of the session. Also common in the final month are Senate confirmations of the governor’s department nominees. This year, two department directors don’t have the support of Democrats as their names come before a committee. Confirmation requires a two-thirds majority vote and if Democrats unite during the final floor vote, a nominee will be removed from their position.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR