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Lawmakers slow to conclude budget work for the year

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By CATHERINE LUCEY
Associated Press
  
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The time is approaching when Iowa lawmakers typically start wrapping up their work for the year, but with budget negotiations moving slowly, it doesn't look like the Legislature will be adjourning any time soon.
  
May 1 is the final day of expense payments for the part-time lawmakers, as well as the last day for much of the temporary staff and the student pages who work in the Legislature.  With just three weeks to go, lawmakers in the Republican-majority state House and Democratic-controlled Senate are still far apart on how much additional funding to provide for K-12 education and remain at odds over basic budget issues.
  
Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen declined to predict when the session may end.

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