Governor, lawmakers set modest goals for 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he is setting modest expectations for the legislative session this year.

Speaking Wednesday at The Associated Press’ annual legislative seminar, Branstad said he will unveil proposals next week dealing with bullying, Internet access and support for veterans. Those items will be released along with his budget plan.

Last year Branstad and lawmakers reached bipartisan agreements on an ambitious set of policies. They approved a property tax cut, new education spending and an expansion of low-income health care. Branstad and legislative leaders cautioned that they were not expecting the same kind of results this year.

It is an election year for many lawmakers, meaning they will likely want to conclude work quickly and get on the campaign trail. Branstad is also expected to run for re-election.

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