October 2, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad is stepping up pressure on Democratic lawmakers to move on his proposal to overhaul Iowa's property tax system.
Speaking at his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad noted he's had positive meetings with lawmakers on the issue, but he concedes there's no agreement on a package.
Lawmakers are planning to devote most of their time this week to building a new state budget. They hope to end this year's session next week and have not scheduled more debate on property taxes.
The governor wants a deep cut in business property taxes phased in over eight years.
Democrats running the Senate want a more modest business
property tax cut that focuses more on small companies.