Iowa Republicans called Fiscal Year 2019 a success as the state ended FY 2019 with a balance of $289.3 million in its general fund.

“Iowa’s fiscal health is strong, and it’s a reflection of a vibrant economy as well as our ability to live within our means,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds. “This year, we invested in important priorities like education, Future Ready Iowa and health care so that we can be innovative, grow our workforce and protect vulnerable Iowans. Going forward, we will continue to invest in Iowans’ priorities, but we also must be mindful of the economic headwinds in our agricultural economy and be prepared for whatever the future might hold. Fiscal responsibility and maintaining our state’s fiscal health will remain a top priority for my administration.”

Last year’s budget surplus was $127 million.