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IA Auditor Says Budget Taps Surplus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the governor's budget proposal uses surplus fund dollars to cover some expenses, a practice she says taxpayers should be aware of.
   Mosiman on Monday provided a review of Gov. Terry Branstad's budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. She says that a complete analysis of state spending and revenue projections shows that the state will spend $144 million more than it takes in. Mosiman says that means the state needs to tap the nearly $900 million surplus to balance the books.
   Mosiman says spending less than you take in is a sound practice. But she also said the state must decide how to use a sizable surplus.
   Lawmakers and Branstad last year approved a property tax cut and new education spending.

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