House moves six appropriations bills in one day
In a flurry of budget activity recently, the House moved forward on six of the major appropriations bills. In taking these actions, the House maintained its commitment to fund state government within the amount of ongoing revenue.
The House passed the FY 14 Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) appropriations bill. House File 638 spends a portion of the state’s gaming revenue on a variety of infrastructure projects. This year’s RIIF bill includes increases in funding for lake dredging and water quality projects, a new emphasis on performing routine, deferred, and major maintenance of state facilities, and new construction at the three Regents institutions. HF 638 now awaits action in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Action was also taken on the Agriculture and Natural Resources budget (SF 435) and the Justice Systems budget (SF 447). Each of these bills provide significant funding enhancements. In Senate File 435, operating increases were provided to the Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The bill also includes $42 million in funding through the Environment First Fund.
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