Gronstal, pen pals with Vaudt & Vander Plaats?

Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs issued a challenge today, after telling reporters he's warned legislators to sharpen their pencils and look for even deeper cuts in the state budget than Governor Chet Culver (D-Des Moines) suggested Wednesday.

"I would also tell you I'm sending a letter to Auditor Vaudt and Bob Vander Plaats who both expressed concern about the state budget and made suggestions that we cut deeper.  I want to hear their suggestions as to what it is that we should cut.  Vander Plaats, in particular, indicated that the governor should have been more specific in his cuts and was concerned about him suggesting a six and a half percent cut for state departments.  I want to hear what his selective cuts would be and I'm going to ask them for that," Gronstal said.

As you may know, State Auditor Dave Vaudt and 2002/2006 gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats are both Republicans and both have indicated they may run for governor in 2010.

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