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2018 BUDGET OUTLOOK

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It's been a tough year.  Legislators came back into session in January and had to immediately trim $88 million from the budget.  In March, they realized they needed to make deeper cuts with little time left in the budget year, so they had to transfer $131 million from the state's savings account to balance the budget.  In the end, the budget was still $13 million short, so the Governor had to transfer more money.  That's a total cut in the 2017 budget year of $232 million. 

Lawmakers had hoped the worst was behind them, but the state's Revenue Estimating Conference met this week, and found more cuts might be needed to get through this year.  While the current year budget spends about $1 million less than last year, experts say Iowa legislators will probably need to find another $35 million in cuts in order to avoid overspending.  

The Revenue Estimating Conference will meet again in December to set the official estimate that will be used by the Governor and Legislature in next year's budgeting.  Cross your fingers for some holiday cheer.