Iowa Democrats Seek To Extend Tuition Freeze

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa Senate Democrats want to see a second year of tuition freezes at state universities. Democrats, who control the state Senate, announced Friday they would seek another tuition freeze.

During the legislative session earlier this year, lawmakers and the governor agreed to freeze undergraduate tuition at the three state universities for the first time in more than 30 years. That freeze impacts the 2013-2014 academic year.

Lawmakers will return for the next legislative session in January. Democrats are calling on Republicans Gov. Terry Branstad and leadership of the Republican-majority state House to agree to the proposal.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the governor will announce his budget plans in January. A spokesman for Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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