DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has signed into law about $77 million in cuts from this year’s budget.

The measure signed by Culver on Monday includes cuts of $37.5 million intended for new state offices. it also establishes a 1.5 percent spending reduction. The Corrections, Public Safety and Workforce Development departments were exempted from the cuts.

The governor has called for a 6.5 percent cut in projected spending for the next fiscal year budget, beginning July 1. Details of that spending plan will become more clear after Friday, when a panel of budget experts issues a new projection of expected tax revenue that will be the basis for the upcoming state budget.

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