A special message from the ISBA President on judicial branch deappropriation
In December 2016, the state’s Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) lowered its projection for the current fiscal year (FY 2017), which means the current state budget is no longer in compliance with the statutory 99 percent spending limitation. Consequently, the governor and the legislature must deappropriate funds to cover the shortfall by June 30, 2017.
In conjunction with the State of the State Address last week, Governor Terry Branstad released a budget revision with a $110 million deappropriation amount. The proposal exempts more than two-thirds of the state budget from cuts, including K-12 education, property tax credits, and most of Medicaid. That means $110 million in cuts must come from the remaining third of the budget.
2017 Rural Practice Meet and Greet to be held Feb. 4
The ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee will hold its Third Annual Meet and Greet on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at bar headquarters in Des Moines. Lunch will be provided at no charge.
The meet and greet event brings together rural practice attorneys and students who are considering practicing in a rural area in a neutral setting. While the meeting with each student is brief – generally under 10 minutes depending on the number of participants -- the goal is that something will click between the attorney and students so they establish an ongoing communication that leads to a hiring.