Republicans in the Legislature have given final approval to a bill that cuts 128-million dollars from the state budget. Over half the savings come from reducing state payments to local governments by 70-million dollars. Mayors, police and fire fighters throughout the state warn there’ll be layoffs in city and county government. Democrat Governor Tom Vilsack says the state has few alternatives.Vilsack says the state only has so many dollars, and somebody’s going to get hurt so the question is who is better able to absorb the impact of cuts. He says local governments are better equipped than local schools to handle such cuts. Vilsack says he wishes the state didn’t have to make more cuts, but it’s necessary. Vilsack says he will not compromise the education of the 550-thousand students in K-through-12 classes in Iowa by cutting education any deeper.
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