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Marek: no special session necessary

Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 5:13 am

A Southeast Iowa state lawmaker says holding a special legislative session to trim the budget isn't necessary. Riverside Democratic Representative Larry Marek says even though revenues have been down, the state still has reserve money that can carry them through to the next fiscal year. This week a panel of lawmakers voted to cut the legislative branch's budget by 10-percent, or four-million-dollars. They also approved pay freezes and travel restrictions. Republicans back the plan but have said it doesn't go far enough. They want to see a special session to "get a handle on the budget."

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