Monday, March 22, 2010 - Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Todd Taylor of Cedar Rapids voted for an education blueprint next year that maintains key priorities in education while keeping the state budget balanced.

“In today’s tough economic times, it’s more important than ever to keep our promise to Iowa kids and balance the state budget.  I’m proud that we are continuing our commitment to raise standards and make sure our kids graduate with the skills necessary to land a job in today’s global economy, ensure more four year olds have access to quality preschool and keep good teachers in the classroom,” said Taylor. 

The bill, Senate File 2376, allocates about $850 million for the Board of Regents, College Student Aid Commission, Department of the Blind, and other education institutions.  Given the state’s tight budget times, most areas of the plan are reduced about 4% from last year but re-directs some resources to key priorities, like k-12 education.

The bill now returns to the Senate.