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Pay is up for Iowa Legislators, Decisions Linger

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By Addie Olson


This year's 110 day legislative session started in January. Friday marked the last official day that Iowa lawmakers are paid, but there are still several issues that need to be resolved.

"We have to do property tax reform, education reform and then all the budget bills need to be decided upon and negotiated," said Sen. Brad Zaun, (R) Urbandale.

On top of that, legislators are still working out an agreement on Medicaid expansion.

"Is there a time frame that we'd like to be done by? Yes," explains Sen. Matt McCoy, (D) Des Moines. "But ultimately we're here until the work gets done."

McCoy said that out of everything that has been accomplished this session, he's happiest about mental health care reform and legislation to protect the environment.

Zaun said he feels legislators could have been more productive this session.

"In regards to anything that I'm really happy about or proud about... I can't think of anything," Zaun said.

One thing Democrats and Republicans agree on is getting things figured out quickly.

"We wait until the last minute and we try and cram everything in and I think it's very unhealthy that we do that and it's also frustrating," Zaun said.

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