Iowa Senate Committee Approves Education Funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved $964 million in spending for the state’s public universities and a number of other education programs.


The Senate Education Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amended version of a measure already passed by the House. Because the Senate’s version spends far more than the $895 million bill approved by the House, the measure will likely end up in a joint committee if it passes the full Senate.

In joint committees, members from both chambers and parties try to work out compromises.

The Senate-backed measure includes more money for student financial aid at state universities. It also includes some of the money for Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposed K through 12 education reforms.