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September 8th, 2009

Rod Roberts Calls for Special Session to Deal with Budget Crisis

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Rod Roberts wants Governor Chet Culver to call back the Iowa Legislature for a special session to resolve the state’s budget crisis. Despite clear evidence that the state budget is in turmoil, Culver has suggested Iowans should wait a month or longer before the state government corrects its past, present, and future budget emergencies.

“Governor Culver needs to end his ignore and delay budget practices. Everyone knows the state budget—past, present, and future—is out of order,” said Roberts, a five-term State Representative from Carroll. “Iowans need leadership on the state budget. Now is not the time to put off the state’s budget problems. Now is the time to address them.”

Roberts made the statement following a recent report from the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency which indicated state revenue from fiscal years 2009 to 2010 has dropped significantly more than expected. The drop in revenue for fiscal year 2010 has been projected to be .7%. So far, however, the drop in revenue has been over 4%. Roberts wants legislators to return to Des Moines for a special session to correct the budget and account for the revenue shortfall.

But Roberts points out that fixing the state’s fiscal year 2010 budget is not the only budgetary emergency that the state is currently facing. Roberts wants legislators to use the special session to also correct the state’s past and future budgets. The state’s last budget (fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30) has a $133 million revenue shortfall. The state’s next budget (fiscal year 2011) may have a spending gap as high as $1,000,000,000.

“The state has a budget crisis—several of them, in fact,” said Roberts, an Assistant Minority Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives. “Iowans need a governor who will acknowledge these realities and then take the responsible steps to address them. We will need to make tough decisions. Ignoring these crises and delaying action will not make these decisions any easier.”

For more general information regarding Roberts’s gubernatorial campaign, please visit For the report from the Legislative Services Agency referenced in this release, CLICK HERE.

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