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Iowa legislative session hopes to be more productive this year

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Iowa legislators are hoping this year's session will be more productive than last year's.  

On Monday politicians will meet to discuss proposals aimed at reforming property tax, mental health care and education.  

Governor Terry Branstad is proposing a plan that would cut property tax by 40 percent over the next eight years.  He hopes this cut will promote the future growth of Iowa businesses.  

In terms of mental health care, law makers have considered cutting the $125 million in taxes counties collect through health care provisions.  Instead, the state and federal government would pay for the costs of mental health care.  

Governor Branstad has also proposed changes in education.  Under a preliminary plan, teachers and students are held to higher standards.  High school students would have to take a final exam at the end of every course, and students in Iowa would be required to be able to read by the third grade.  Teachers will also receive raises based on effectiveness rather than seniority.  

The legislative session is scheduled to begin at 10:00 Monday morning.  

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