Branstad vetoes transportation bill

2011-04-13T00:00:00Z Branstad vetoes transportation bill

By James Q. Lynch

Journal Des Moines Bureau‌

Sioux City Journal

DES MOINES – Claiming a mandate to clean up a budget mess he inherited, Gov. Terry Branstad Tuesday vetoed a pair of bills, including one giving him authority to pay nearly $20 million the state owes attorneys representing indigent clients.

Branstad also vetoed House File 512, the transportation budget, demanding the Legislature send him a two-year budget to end bad budgeting practices “that were sending shockwaves” throughout the state in recent years due to revenue fluctuations that triggered mid-year funding adjustments and a 10 percent across-the-board cut in October 2009.

“I wanted to make it clear by vetoing the very first appropriation bill that we are dead serious about doing a biennial budget,” Branstad said. “We want to restore stability and predictability and we want sustainability for the long-term. That’s the mission I came to accomplish and I intend to see it through.”

Branstad campaigned on a two-year budget and said his election gives him a mandate to insist lawmakers look ahead more than one year when putting together a spending plan for the state.

Lawmakers were not surprised by the vetoes, but were uncertain how it would affect budget negotiations.

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