Few at Iowa Statehouse expect early adjournment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There are just four weeks to go before the scheduled last day of this year’s Iowa General Assembly, but when lawmakers will actually pack up and leave the state Capitol is anyone’s guess.

Issues like new education spending, property tax reductions and Medicaid expansion remain unresolved.

A projected state surplus of up to $800 million could be driving lawmakers to hold out for their priorities. And there’s no election cycle this year that might motivate members to finish up and start campaigning.

Many like Republican Rep. Walt Rogers, of Cedar Falls, think negotiations will stretch past May 3, the last day lawmakers receive expense payments.

The drop-dead date for resolution is June 30, because a budget must be in place before a new fiscal year begins on July 1.

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