HOUSE MEMBERS TALK SCHOOL SPENDING & TAXES

IOWA—The Iowa House is debating a series of measures calling for no increase in basic state spending on local schools for the next two years. Because the move would likely lead to an increase in local property taxes as school districts make up for the flat state funding, one of the measures would shift about $48 million from other parts of the budget to offset those increases.
Some costs still would not be covered if state aid is frozen. Spending on local elementary and secondary schools is the largest single item in the state’s budget.

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