Republicans say democrat Governor Tom Vilsack may push the state budget into red ink with his item vetoes which have restored funding rather than made the cuts Republicans proposed. Republican Jeff Lamberti, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the governor’s action makes a tight economic system worse.Lamberti says the 15-million dollars Vilsack has restored will create big problems in the 2003 budgeting year. He says the governor seems to be disconnected with the budget situation and says the governor isn’t taking any leadership on the issue.Senate Republican Leader Stewart Iverson of Dows says Vilsack is “pushing the envelope” with the budget, and is flouting a state law which forbids spending more than 99 percent of state tax revenues.
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