Iowa Senate Democrats release budget goals, suggest early retirement incentive

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Leaders in the Democratic majority Senate are offering their overall budget outline, which includes a proposed state employee early retirement program.

Senate Democrats released their budget targets Tuesday. Their overall spending goal is similar a proposal by Gov. Terry Branstad, at roughly $7.3 billion.

But some of the details are different. Democrats want more K-12 education spending than Branstad has proposed. And they have suggested an early retirement incentive program, which they say could generate savings.

Republican House Appropriations Chairman Chuck Soderberg, of Le Mars, says in a statement that the proposal spends more than the state can afford. Leaders in the Republican-majority House have not released their spending numbers. A spokeswoman for House Republicans declined to comment on the early retirement proposal, saying they needed to review the idea.

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