The House Republicans laid out a budget plan for this year’s Legislative Session that increases spending by $23 million more than the previous year, and continues to ignore Iowa’s working middle class families.

“After promising to save $200 – $300 million in the current fiscal year, Republicans have dramatically missed their own goal by several hundred million dollars.  The plan outlined by House Republicans today stunningly spends $23 million more from the state’s general fund than was approved during the 2010 session.  Including savings outside the general fund, the plan only saves a paltry one third of one percent,” said House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy, who cited an analysis from the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency.  “Their plan also rewards big tobacco companies by ending smoking cessation efforts that help Iowans kick the smoking habit.”

“Unfortunately, the Republican plan puts our kids and small businesses last.  I’m extremely disappointed that the largest cost saving measure suggested by Republicans is to kick four year olds out of preschool next year,” said State Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, who is Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee.  “Republicans also eliminated an effort to help small businesses expand and create new jobs. House Democrats will work with Republicans to make state government more efficient, but we won’t do it at the expense of hard working families and small businesses.”

View the fiscal impact statement from the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency on the bill here.