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Auditor: Branstad's budget uses surplus to cover expenses

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DES MOINES (AP) -

State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the governor's budget proposal uses surplus fund dollars to cover some expenses, a practice she says taxpayers should be aware of.

Mosiman on Monday provided a review of Gov. Terry Branstad's budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

She says that a complete analysis of state spending and revenue projections shows that the state will spend $144 million more than it takes in.

Mosiman says that means the state needs to tap the nearly $900 million surplus to balance the books.

Mosiman says spending less than you take in is a sound practice. But she also said the state must decide how to use a sizable surplus.

Lawmakers and Branstad last year approved a property tax cut and new education spending.

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