IOWA—Legislative Democrats say negotiations with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad are at a gridlock and they will launch an effort to pressure him to compromise.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal argued that Branstad is pressing for deep cuts in education and economic development programs even though an
improving economy has left the state with a budget surplus.
Gronstal says Democrats who control the Senate will launch a statewide campaign to convince voters to contact Branstad and urge him to reach an agreement with Democrats.
Gronstal says a deal isn’t likely unless the governor comes under public pressure.
Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht responded that the Democrats criticizing the governor are responsible for Iowa’s budget problems and Branstad won’t compromise if it means meeting their spending demands.