2014 Iowa Legislative Session Underway

The Iowa legislature kicked off their 100-day legislative session on Monday.

On Monday it was Senate President Pam Jochum and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal that outlined their goals. The two Democrats gave their opening statements to the 85th general assembly.

Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, told fellow senators that more needs to be done to increase state funding after an increase during last year's session.

"In the end, Democrats and Republicans agreed to something that could be called a 4% increase, if you squint hard enough," said Gronstal.

Republican Governor Branstad seemed hopeful that a split Republican-led House and Democrat-led Senate would find common ground moving forward. During his weekly press conference, Branstad told reporters that he's expecting Iowa to work together to bring jobs to the state.

"Yes, we have a split Legislature but we've proven that we can work together and accomplish things," said Branstad. "This is Iowa not Washington, D.C. we don't spend all our time attacking each other."

Branstad focused his weekly address on other topics including expanding internet access, reducing school bullying and give greater aid to veterans.

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