Iowa auditor largely positive about state budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the state budget that took effect July 1 is largely a responsible effort.

In a report released Monday, the Republican auditor took issue with a few items in the financial plan negotiated by state lawmakers and approved by Gov. Terry Branstad. Specifically, she criticized an increase in spending that was moved out of the general fund and will be covered by other revenue sources.

Mosiman says such budgeting decisions lack transparency and make it harder for the public to keep track of spending.

Branstad spokeswoman Jenae Jenison says the governor shares the concerns about transparency and that his office will continue to produce financial statements for taxpayers

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