Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to approve changes to Iowa's property tax system as they work to reach deals on state spending and adjourn a session that already is nearly two weeks beyond the scheduled adjournment.
Few lawmakers were in the Capitol on Monday as legislative leaders met privately on key issues, including the budget, property taxes and proposed education reforms.
Speaking at his weekly news conference, Branstad argued that adjourning without passing a property tax bill would be a "tragic disservice" to Iowans.
Branstad has proposed an across-the-board cut of 40 percent in business property taxes over eight years, while Senate Democrats
wanted a much smaller reduction aimed at small businesses.
Lawmakers were scheduled to end the session on April 17.