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Deadline nears as lawmakers seek deal


State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald says there's no precedent for what will happen if Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and legislative leaders can't agree to a budget by the start of the new fiscal year July 1.

David Roederer, head of the Department of Management, says state workers will continue to be paid if no agreement is reached by July 1. When asked how they would be paid, he would only say, "We're exploring various options."

Officials say they can avoid mass layoffs, but they won't specify how they can spend money without a legislatively approved budget.

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