Officials say profits from the Iowa Lottery will add $2.8 million more to the state's budget than was projected.
The better-than-expected proceeds means that some state programs could see fewer cuts.
According to Gov. Chet Culver's office, the state ended the fiscal year on June 30 with a $58 million shortfall. Officials say various rainy day funds and the lottery profits will help close that gap.
Lottery officials had estimated that sales would be down by about $15 million. Instead, sales were down only about $6 million. They noted that because the lottery also spent less money, the state's general fund budget will get nearly $3 million more than was projected earlier this year.
Rep. Tom Sands, a Republican lawmaker in the Iowa House, says he won't seek re-election in November. Sands, who represents Wapello in eastern Iowa, announced Thursday he will withdraw his name from the general...
An old locomotive is on its way from northern Iowa to a new European home in the Netherlands. The Dutch Railway Museum had been searching for a World War II-era Whitcomb diesel locomotive and learned of one that had been...More >>