Iowa lawmakers focus on tax relief, education

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has made clear that lowering commercial property taxes is a top budget priority this year, but lawmakers said Wednesday they also want to look at other types of tax relief.

Speaking at a legislative forum organized by the Associated Press, legislators said they want reductions to income taxes to be on the table as the state determines how to use a nearly $1billion budget surplus. The legislative session kicks off Monday, with Branstad scheduled to unveil his budget plan Tuesday.

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