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Iowa News Analysis: Governor Culver Uses Veto Power

posted on May 15, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Beck: Well, let me ask you, the Governor leaves for China. But before leaving he got out the veto pen and took a little action this week.

Henderson: Exactly, he vetoed a measure which would have expanded the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers who are members of a union. There was great debate about this at the legislature. We have talked previously on this program about it. And it seemed as if Culver were really struggling with this decision.

He was roundly hailed by Republicans as making the right decision. Democrats, of course, were disappointed. And key unions such as the Iowa State Education Association, that is the union which represents teachers in the state, they are public sector employees in a union, they expressed disappointment.

And the head of the AFSCME union in Iowa, the American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees union indicated that they would press this issue again in 2009. The other thing that Culver did with his veto pen was he nixed out a provision in the bill which would have given him a 9.7% hike in his salary.

As you may recall, Jeneane, the Governor said in late April that he was likely to sign that. Well, evidently hundreds if not thousands of Iowans contacted the Governor's office either by letter, e-mail or phone call and said hey, how can you do that?

The salary increase for other statewide elected officials like the Ag Secretary, the Secretary of State, the Lieutenant Governor and the Treasurer and Auditor would have been 24% and the Governor yesterday as he briefed the media on his decision making said, I just decided that in the current economic times that's not something that the statewide elected officials should be doing.


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