The scheduled date of adjournment has come and gone for the Iowa Legislature, but there is still a lot of work that remains on the state’s budget. The Iowa House took the first step in getting the budget completed by passing five budgets out of the House Appropriations Committee this week.

While the sign of moving budgets out of committee is a positive first step, uncertainty remains as Republican leaders in the Capitol have not agreed to a budget or tax plan this year. Whatever ultimately happens in closed door negotiations among the leaders, it is clear that working Iowans will be left out of the process.

While five of the ten budgets have been started in the House, Senate leaders just released their budget outline this week and have yet to start work on any budget bills.

As the session winds down, House Democrats will work to keep the state budget balanced, restore fiscal discipline, and support a budget that puts the needs of everyday Iowans first.