The chairman of a powerful legislative committee says the state’s so-called “Vision Iowa” program for multi-million dollar community projects should not benefit Ames, Iowa City or Cedar Falls. Representative Dave Millage, a republican from Bettendorf, is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He says the universities already receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the state. Millage says they already have the kind of attractions the state is looking to build with the “Vision Iowa” fun.Millage made his comments last week after a legislative committee met to discuss the “Vision Iowa” program which will forward millions in state investments for cultural or sports attractions. Senator JoAnn Johnson, a republican from Adel, hopes the money goes to something like the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.Michael Gartner, chairman of the Vision Iowa board, which will distribute the money, sat in on the legislators’ meeting. He says the varying views in the legislature reflect the varying views around the state.Also last week, Dubuque city leaders outlined a nearly 180-million dollar riverfront project in which they hope the state will invest at least 65-million.
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