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Leaders: Iowa budget deadlock won't end services

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Amid plenty of talk at the Statehouse about a government shutdown, lawmakers acknowledge that even if they can't reach a budget deal by the time the fiscal year ends June 30, government services won't end.

There are plenty of questions, though, about how the state will operate.

Although Gov. Terry Branstad has emergency authority to keep government going, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald notes the state has never begun a fiscal year without a budget. That's led to uncertainty about how government would operate.

David Roederer, the director of the Department of Management, says state workers will continue to be paid after July 1 if no agreement is in place, but he declines to provide details.

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