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Bipartisan support for Branstad budget, legislative agenda

DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV)- From combating cyberbullying, to putting veterans to work, Governor Terry Branstad's "condition of the state" speech was full of ideas that have bipartisan support. But, he has to pay for them.

Gov. Terry Branstad, (R) Iowa says, "Iowa is working." To keep Iowa working, Governor Terry Branstad proposes a $7-billion budget in fiscal year 2015. Some of that will help pay for landmark measures from last year. Gov. Terry Branstad, (R) Iowa says, "You passed, and I signed, the largest property tax cut in Iowa history."

The price tag is comparatively lower for Branstad's goals, this time around. $19-million to cover a tuition freeze at Iowa Regents institutions. Rep. Ron Jorgensen, (R) Sioux City says, "We need to do all we can to provide an affordable education for the students in this state."

Branstad will also invest $10-million to eliminate the tax on military pensions for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad, (R) Iowa says, "In Iowa, we honor our veterans not only with words and ceremonies, but with actions." "Home Base Iowa" will offer veterans tuition credits, and licensing, from state community colleges based on their skills and experience. Representative Matt Windschitl is a Marine, who served in Iraq. Rep. Matt Windschitl, (R) Missouri Valley says, "We've got a lot of veterans out there with a lot different skills and they've been trained in different areas of the military that those skills can be put to great use in Iowa."

Branstad also wants lawmakers to curb cyberbullying. Gov, Terry Branstad, (R) Iowa says, "Imagine being unable to escape as the bully relentlessly pursues them online, in a forum accessible 24/7." He wants schools the have the authority to respond to bullying... even if it takes place off school grounds. Branstad also wants parents involved. Rep. Chris Hall, (D) Sioux City says, "The earlier they're aware that their child is being bullied, or potentially bullying another student, the better potential there is to remedy that, and hopefully avoid some tragic outcome."

The governor also urged lawmakers to support the state's ethanol industry by rejecting an EPA rollback of the Renewable Fuels Standard, which Branstad says could deal a devastating setback to the state's economy.

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