Republicans in the Iowa House have drafted a $154 million budget plan for the state’s court system that Democrats say will lead to layoffs and does nothing to ensure the 33 county clerk of court offices operating on a part-time basis are open full-time.
Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, said the G.O.P. plan for the courts provides the same amount of money next year that the courts have been operating with this year.
“This budget does not close anything. It does not cut anything,” Worthan said, using the word “austere” to describe the plan. “…It’s a challenging budget, there’s no doubt about that, but we are not cutting or closing.”