Iowa Senate OKs state infrastructure budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved $119 million in infrastructure spending that would help maintain state buildings and public land.

The Senate approved the measure 26-23 Tuesday in a party-line vote. The House passed a $106 million version of the bill last week, and it now goes to a joint committee for lawmakers to reach a compromise.

The Senate’s budget for the fiscal year that starts in July would continue upkeep for state buildings, maintenance and programing at community colleges. It also would restore lakes and enhance trail networks.

The infrastructure money includes funds for Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines to update its mental health care facilities, and for schools to voluntarily test for radon.

The Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund would help cover most of the budget.

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