Republicans in the Iowa House have approved a budget that provides a more than $7 million spending boost to the state prison system.

Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, led development of the budget plan. “(It) will allow them to keep hiring,” Worthan said. “They’re facing the same challenges that everybody is, trying to find qualified employees to hire.”


The budget plan for the state’s entire justice system was approved with the support of all but two House Republicans. It provides a nearly $13 million increase over the current year’s budget for prisons and the parole board as well as the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Public Safety, the Iowa National Guard, and the Department of Homeland and Emergency Management.

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