Matt McCoy

Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences on budget

To adjourn the legislative session, Iowa lawmakers had to settle disagreements over Planned Parenthood and state employee salaries that didn't amount to much money but represented deep philosophical differences between the two parties.

At one point the disagreements amounted to less than $15 million, a figure dwarfed by the $7.35 billion budget. They led to long meetings and were among the last issues resolved during the session, which adjourned Friday. Ultimately, legislators agreed the differences were too great and opted to return home, where some can begin work to defend their seats in the fall election. It also sets the stage for both issues to come back in January.