Reynolds Budget Crisis

Under Kim Reynolds’ leadership, Iowa’s budget has spiraled into crisis mode, but it’s Iowa families and businesses who are paying the price for Reynolds’ mismanagement. Read on for a timeline of the Reynolds Budget Crisis.


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June 2013:

· Branstad-Reynolds Administration signs massive tax giveaways to special interests into law — a move that will end up killing Iowa’s financial health.³

January 2014:

· When running for reelection, Branstad says that his views are Reynolds’ views.⁴

June 2015

🏥 Two mental health centers close following Branstad-Reynolds Administration funding cuts. Several patients died after being transferred from closed facilities.

July 2015:

📚 Branstad-Reynolds Administration “vetoed several budget line items on Thursday as well, including $2.5 million for community colleges, $2.9 million for the University of Iowa, $2.3 million for Iowa State University and $1.1 million for the University of Northern Iowa”

December 2016:

· Branstad nominated as ambassador. Reynolds prepares to become governor. Reynolds says, “The reality is that we’re really not going to do anything differently [than Branstad].”

January 2017:

📊 Iowa’s budget has nearly $118 million shortfall.

📊 Branstad-Reynolds Administration strikes agreement to cut $88.2 million from critical services.¹⁰ Des Moines Register reports that Reynolds herself “collaborated with legislators on the agreement.” ¹¹


February 2017:

📚 Branstad-Reynolds Administration signs “dismal,” “not sufficient” school funding bill.¹³

📚 University of Iowa rescinds financial aid for 2,440 students as two rounds of budget cuts eliminate $26 million from higher education budget.¹⁴

March 2017:

📊 Iowa’s budget shortfall forecasted to have grown to $131 million, large cuts expected again.¹⁵

April 2017:

📊 Budget cuts in 2017 reach $250 million, causing more problems in services for Iowa residents.¹⁶


🏥 Branstad-Reynolds Administration criticized for stoppage of investigations of neglect claims after 800 jobs were cut from the Department of Human Services.¹⁸

📚 Branstad-Reynolds Administration eliminates 3rd grade reading program due to budget shortfall.¹⁹

June 2017:

📊 Reynolds borrows $50 million from state emergency fund — just years after Iowa had a billion-dollar surplus.²⁰

📚 Reynolds refuses to rule out additional cuts to higher education, even after 6 percent cuts in funding to University of Iowa and Iowa State University.²¹

· Reynolds tries to skirt accountability for her budget crisis: “The farm economy is partly to blame.”²²

July 2017:

🏥 Reynolds Administration closes two out of five Domestic Violence Intervention Program offices and defunds sexual abuse hotline.²³

🏥 Reynolds Administration eliminates all Department of Public Health funding for ten critical public health programs, including the Epilepsy Foundation, Melanoma Research, Autism Assistance Program, and Prevent Blindness Iowa.²⁴

August 2017:

📚 University of Iowa and Iowa State University forced to hike tuition by 35 percent over five years after Reynolds Administration budget cuts.²⁵ ²⁶

🏥 Reynolds Administration eliminates virtually all staff visits to nursing homes, hurting its ability to investigate complaints of abuse and neglect.²⁷

September 2017:


📊 Reynolds says she won’t commit to maintaining the state’s payments to local governments, costing cities and towns $107.2 million.²⁹ ³⁰

📊 After borrowing $50 million from the state emergency fund in June, Reynolds goes back to the emergency fund and takes an additional $13 million — a move the Iowa Treasurer said is “a violation of the Iowa law.” ³¹ ³²

October 2017:


· Des Moines Register reports that “there are as few as five state troopers on duty overnight to patrol all of Iowa,” due to Reynolds’ budget cuts.

🏥 Reynolds’ budget cuts to medical examiner’s office created backlog of autopsies, leaving “families waiting weeks for their loved one’s remains.³⁴

And the Reynolds Budget Crisis isn’t over yet. We intend to hold Governor Reynolds accountable for her mismanagement and misplaced priorities — join us.

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