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March 20th, 2009

BREAKING: REC Cuts FY 09 Revenue Estimate By $125 Million

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Written by: Craig Robinson

Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference cut FY 09 Revenue estimate by $129.7 Million. The REC also cut FY 2010 projections by $269.9 Million. Governor Culver will be forced to make additional cuts this year. Furloughs and additional across the board cuts are expected.

Paul McKinley, Republican Senate Minority Leader, reacted to the REC numbers by saying, ““Even though the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) lowered revenue projections, the revised numbers indicate that revenues are still coming in at near record levels and thus once again underscoring that Iowa does not have a revenue problem – we have a spending problem. Though these numbers indicate the economy is slowing in Iowa, we would be much better situated had Governor Culver and legislative Democrats not grown state government by an unsustainable 21 percent or by nearly a billion dollars during the last two years.”

McKinley added, “Because the governor and legislative Democrats refused to budget with restraint like any Iowa family or employer would and instead spend our state far into debt, additional cuts will need to be made. Though legislative Democrats voted down Republican budget cut suggestions a few weeks ago, Senate Republicans will again offer responsible solutions to the Democrats in order to cut the budget and keep it balanced.”

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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