The Iowa Senate Appropriations Committee last week endorsed $174 million in bonding to finance various projects that are part of Gov. Chet Culver’s $750 million borrowing plan to jump-start the state economy.

The projects include new corrections facilities, renovations to the Iowa Veterans Home, local airport projects, lake dredging, and other state building improvements. The bill cleared the committee in a partisan vote with only the majority Democrats voting for it.

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