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Infrastructure bill highlights maintenance issues in Iowa

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The Iowa Legislature has approved a bill on infrastructure funding that highlights the state's growing maintenance issues.

The Republican-controlled House voted 62-30 Monday on legislation that makes changes to a roughly $192 million budget bill passed in the Democratic-majority Senate. The Republican version proposes less spending in some areas, and the differences are expected to be sorted out in a special legislative committee.

The legislation includes dollars from a special infrastructure fund. It pays for a range of projects, though an Iowa agency estimates nearly $290 million is needed on more than 400 major maintenance projects that are mostly not addressed in the bill. The Senate proposes spending over $11 million on such projects for the next budget year. The House bill lowers that appropriation to $5.5 million.

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