Gov. Branstad’s Budget and Program Presentation to the Iowa General Assembly

Madam Lt. Governor, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Leaders, justices, judges, legislators, elected officials, distinguished guests, family, friends and fellow Iowans.

I am humbled to stand before you once again as your Governor in this, the people’s House. It is here that our forefathers set the direction of our state: educating our kids, building our roads, protecting our citizens, caring for the unfortunate. And they did so, while being careful with the tax dollars and balancing our state’s budget.

In this storied chamber, I cut my political teeth as a young state representative – learning both to advocate my position and respect my adversary.

–To disagree without being disagreeable.

–To listen, because that is the only way to learn.

Because, at the end of the day, we are all Iowans working hard to make our special state an even better place. Let us never forget why we are here: to do the people’s business as their servants with respect and dignity and good will.

State of Iowa Faces Huge Revenue Issues in 2011

Everyone thinks that 2010 was the most difficult budget year f or the State of Iowa, but, 2010 may pale in comparison to what awaits Iowa lawmakers in 2011.

According to a report in the Des Moines Register, Iowa lawmakers closed the 2010 budget gap of $ by utilizing one-time sources of revenue. Not only that, but all of the federal stimulus money is gone.

“Over the two years, nearly 60 percent of the money from one-time revenue source….