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Limit State Spending

Strengthen Iowa’s Government Spending Limit


How could Iowa have SAVED $500 MILLION?

With a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT limiting how much government can spend.

Doesn’t Iowa have a spending limit?
Iowa code currently limits the legislature to spend a maximum of 99 percent of projected revenue in a fiscal year. This is a weak spending limitation law and one that can always be cast aside by a future legislature. 

What will the amendment do?
How is the Iowa Constitution amended? The measure would limit the annual increase in spending to the lesser of:
• 99% of the estimated revenue for that fiscal year
• 4% above the prior year’s revenue.

How is the Iowa Constitution amended?
An amendment resolution must receive a simple majority in both the House and Senate from two successive Iowa General Assemblies and then be approved by a majority of Iowa voters.

Families and businesses often have to make difficult budget decisions. Seldom does government, at any level, say they can function with less; it must always be more and more funding. 
Petition Text
Iowa lawmakers need to approve a constitutional amendment spending limit that would limit the annual increase in spending from year to year to the lesser of 99 percent of the estimated revenue for that fiscal year, or 4 percent above the prior year’s revenue.
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