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Condition of the State Addresses Internet and Job Creation
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Governor Branstads Condition of the State Address covered a range of Iowa issues, including what he calls successful job creation since he took office. But some Democratic representatives say the Governors math is wrong.
Iowa is working, Governor Branstad told a Joint Session of the Iowa State Legislature.
Part of the plan to keep Iowa working is expanding the reach of Broadband Internet, especially in rural areas.
"Today, I propose The Connect Every Iowan Act, with incentives to encourage access, adoption and use of broadband technology by businesses and individuals, said Governor Branstad.
Governor Branstad says internet access helps everyone from students learning in school to small businesses who can grow and hire more employees. Representative Daniel Lundby says it would help the people he represents in rural Bertram and Ely.
"I used it for school, for work. Farmers are definitely using this more for their planting, their fields their yields, said Lundby.
But Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Hatch says Branstad hasnt delivered in the past.
"He's failed in providing real hope and real opportunities for rural Iowa, said Hatch.
Instead, Hatch says Branstad simply promotes the new jobs created.
"I am pleased to report that since taking office, over 130,000 new jobs have been created in this state, said Governor Branstad.
But Hatch says thats hardy the whole story.
"He refuses to recognize that in Iowa when we talk about growth, we have to talk about jobs created and jobs lost, said Hatch.
"And if you look at it, that number of actual increase in employment is actually more like 19,000 net increase in total employment in the state, said Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Rob Hogg.