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Branstad expected to cut 700 million dollars

DES MOINES (KWWL)-- Governor Terry Branstad is expected to cut 700 million dollars while in office. He will lay out his proposed budget to state lawmakers Thursday.

Governor Branstad will present the roughly five billion dollar budget to a joint session of the legislature 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Governor has already said up to 1,500 state jobs could be on the chopping block. That number includes one thousand workers hired since July.

"It's going to be somewhat painful and I want to be very honest and open and up front with people. That's just the situation we have to deal with, but we're going to do it in the most fair and thoughtful and humane way possible. But we are going to do it," said Governor Branstad.

Another 500 who are in the process of being hired could lose their jobs.

Also being considered are cuts to funding for Iowa's preschool program. About 65 million dollars went to that program this school year.

Republicans who control the house say they've been working closely with Governor Branstad and expect to approve most of his spending plans. 


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