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Democrats Ask If Iowa Is Working
DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Governor Terry Branstad repeated this phrase: Iowa is Working at his annual Condition of the State Address this morning. But some say parts of the speech were political ploys.
The governor proposed more benefits for the military, including eliminating all taxes on military pensions, costing the state but saving Iowa's veterans $10 million.
I announced the Home Base Iowa initiative to recruit veterans to Iowa, because I believe Iowa can offer our nation's veterans something even greater than a square deal, said Governor Branstad.
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Hatch says he's behind the move, but its not much different from what Democrats have done before.
It was a Democratic legislature that was the first state in the country that passed all ten Department of Defense state initiatives for vets, said Hatch.
On education, the Governor said 60,000 new students will have access to S.T.E.M. programs this school year, but stayed away from early childhood education.
A controversy that he continued by trying to define it in the first 2 years, said Hatch.
Hatch said he thought the Governor missed a chance to inspire Iowans and instead just spoke to his political peers and he wasn't alone.
It as a little light in vision for the future, said Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Rob Hogg. Not a lot of ideas to move the state forward.
I think this is a speech of a Governor that has been here too long, said Hatch.