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Governor Tom Vilsack

posted on July 22, 2005

Borg: IOWA ROLLS THE RED CARPET. STATE GOVERNORS MEET THIS WEEKEND IN DES MOINES, HOSTED BY IOWA'S TOM VILSACK. HE'S OUR GUEST ON THIS EDITION OF "IOWA PRESS."

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ON STATEWIDE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION, THIS IS THE FRIDAY, JULY 15 EDITION OF "IOWA PRESS." HERE IS DEAN BORG.

Borg: THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION IS MEETING IN IOWA THIS WEEKEND. SEMINARS, OTHER SESSIONS SCHEDULED DURING THE FOUR-DAY ANNUAL MEETING AND, OF COURSE, IN A STATE WHERE NEARLY EVERYONE WHO STEPS OVER THE BORDER IS SCRUTINIZED FOR POSSIBLE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS. THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF POLITICAL SPECULATION TOO. AND EVEN AS HE PREPARED FOR THE GUESTS, GOVERNOR VILSACK WAS DEALING WITH HIGH-PROFILE ISSUES, REVIEWING CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING UP TO THE MURDER OF YET ANOTHER IOWA CHILD AND SCAVENGING FOR STATE MONEY TO STAVE OFF ANOTHER TUITION INCREASE AT THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES. AND ON FRIDAY, AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON MR. VILSACK'S CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL. WE'VE ASKED IOWA'S GOVERNOR, TOM VILSACK, THE STATE'S HOST FOR THE GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, TO PROVIDE PERSPECTIVE. WELCOME BACK TO "IOWA PRESS." THANKS FOR TAKING TIME OUT.

Vilsack: YOU BET. GLAD TO BE HERE.

Borg: ACROSS THE "IOWA PRESS" TABLE: "DES MOINES REGISTER" POLITICAL COLUMNIST DAVID YEPSEN AND "ASSOCIATED PRESS" SENIOR POLITICAL WRITER MIKE GLOVER.

Glover: GOVERNOR, THERE'S A LOT OF ATTENTION PAID TO THIS MEETING OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN THIS MEETING?

Vilsack: SEVERAL THINGS, MIKE. FIRST OF ALL, WE WANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE IOWA, IOWA'S PEOPLE, HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS PROVIDING A FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL ATMOSPHERE FOR THE GOVERNORS AND THEIR STAFFS AND FAMILIES, AS WELL AS FOLKS FROM FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES AND THE NATIONAL MEDIA. WE ALSO WANT TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE IOWANS ABOUT THE NECESSITY OF UPGRADING HIGH SCHOOLS. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THIS STATE. I THINK WHAT YOU'LL SEE IS A NATIONAL EFFORT AND A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF REINVENTING HIGH SCHOOLS SO THAT THEY BECOME MORE RIGOROUS AND MORE RELEVANT. IT'S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THE PROGRESS THAT'S TAKEN PLACE IN THE STATE OF IOWA AS WE TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY. SO A LOT OF GREAT OPPORTUNITY HERE.

Glover: WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE SUGGESTIONS THAT A LOT OF THIS CONFERENCE IS BEING PAID FOR BY CORPORATE LOBBYISTS, THE CONFERENCE ITSELF IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, THIS IS JUST AN EXCUSE FOR LOBBYISTS TO TAKE GOVERNORS OUT TO LUNCH?

Vilsack: WELL, I'VE BEEN TO A NUMBER OF NGA MEETINGS, AND I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE WORK SESSIONS THAT ARE EXTRAORDINARILY DIFFICULT AND HARD FOR GOVERNORS. WE TACKLED VERY, VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEMS. THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HIGH SCHOOLS, AND WE'RE GOING TO HEAR SOME VERY PROVOCATIVE SPEECHES. THOMAS FRIEDMAN I'M SURE WILL BASICALLY PROVOKE AND CHALLENGE US. WE'RE ALSO GOING TO TALK ABOUT A VERY DIFFICULT ISSUE FOR GOVERNORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND THAT'S THE COST OF MEDICAID AND HEALTH CARE. AND WE'RE GOING TO BE VISITING WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY TO TALK ABOUT THE STATE'S ROLE IN HOMELAND SECURITY. THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT, CRITICAL ISSUES. SO IT'S NOT FUN AND GAMES. IT REALLY IS ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF STATES AND THE STATES HELPING THIS NATION BE AS GREAT AS IT CAN BE.

Yepsen: BUT, GOVERNOR, IF THAT'S TRUE, THAT THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS AND THE TAXPAYERS OF IOWA ARE PAYING $300,000 TO HELP HOST THIS THING, WHY SHOULDN'T THESE SESSIONS AND YOUR DELIBERATIONS BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?

Vilsack: WELL, FIRST OF ALL, DAVID, I WANT TO MAKE SURE -- IT'S $100,000, NOT $300,000 THAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE PROVIDING. AND THE TOTAL BUDGET IS ABOUT $1.5 MILLION. SO THE VAST MAJORITY OF IT IS RAISED OUTSIDE OF TAX DOLLARS.

Yepsen: EXCUSE ME. I STAND CORRECTED. MY POINT STILL STANDS.

Vilsack: WELL, FOLKS CAN TURN ON C-SPAN AND SEE ALL OF THE CONVERSATION AND DISCUSSION THAT'S TAKING PLACE. THE PLENARY SESSIONS ARE ON C-SPAN. IT IS AVAILABLE SO FOLKS CAN WATCH.

Yepsen: GOVERNOR, MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OF YOU AS A PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER IN 2008. ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008?

Vilsack: YOU KNOW, DAVID, MY FOCUS -- AND I'VE SAID THIS REPEATEDLY -- IS ON 2005 AND THE JOB THAT I HAVE AS GOVERNOR. I WILL BE INVOLVED, OBVIOUSLY, IN 2005 AND 2006, ENCOURAGING DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR TO EMBRACE BOLD IDEAS AND INNOVATION. I THINK OUR PARTY HAS TO HAVE A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA. I THINK IT HAS TO HAVE A POSITIVE AGENDA, BUT I AM ONLY FOCUSED ON 2005 AND 2006. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M GOING TO BE DOING IN 2008 OR 2007, FOR THAT MATTER.

Yepsen: GOVERNOR, AS DEAN MENTIONED, YOU'VE JUST BEEN NAMED HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL. IT'S A GROUP OF MODERATE DEMOCRATS, CENTRIST DEMOCRATS. ISN'T ALL OF THIS A DISTRACTION FROM YOUR DUTIES AS GOVERNOR OF IOWA? YOU'RE THE DLC CHAIRMANSHIP. YOU'RE GOING AROUND THE COUNTRY HELPING ELECT OTHER DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS. WELL, WHY ISN'T THAT TAKING TIME AWAY FROM THE TASKS THAT PEOPLE IN IOWA PAY YOU TO DO?

Vilsack: WELL, YOU KNOW, DAVID, I'M A VERY, VERY HARD WORKER. I WORK ALL THE TIME. I'VE BEEN THE CHAIR OF THE ETHANOL COALITION, THE CHAIR OF THE BIOTECH PARTNERSHIP FOR GOVERNORS. I'VE BEEN THE CHAIR OF THE MIDWEST GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION. I'VE BEEN ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION. I'VE BEEN THE CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION. AND IT'S NOT TAKEN AWAY FROM MY ACTIVITIES AND INVOLVEMENT AS GOVERNOR. I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON BETTER SCHOOLS FOR OUR KIDS, EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, SECURITY FOR ALL OF IOWA'S FAMILIES, AND TRANSFORMING THIS IOWA ECONOMY. WE'RE BEGINNING TO SEE RESULTS FROM OUR WORK. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE FOCUSED ON THAT AGENDA. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.

Borg: YOU'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT CHILDREN AT THE GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE. BUT YOU ALSO REVIEWED SOME VERY SOBERING INFORMATION ABOUT A CHILD, FIVE-YEAR-OLD EVELYN MILLER, AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING UP TO HER DEATH. YOU SAID THAT YOU DIDN'T FIND ANYTHING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES HAD DONE WRONG EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD BEEN NOTIFIED. BUT AS YOU LOOK THROUGH THERE, WAS THERE SOMETHING THAT STUCK OUT AND HIT YOU AS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BY SOMEONE?

Vilsack: YOU KNOW, DEAN, I LOOKED AT THIS FILE WITH THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS ANY INDICATION THAT WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS YOUNGSTER WAS AT RISK TO BE ABDUCTED OR WAS IN RISK OF BEING SERIOUSLY HURT OR KILLED. I COULD FIND NOTHING IN THE FILE AS I REVIEWED IT THAT WOULD SUGGEST THAT, NOR DID I FIND ANYTHING THAT WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE NEEDED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS. WHAT I DID FIND WERE A SERIES OF INCIDENCES AND ALLEGATIONS THAT WERE MADE EITHER ANONYMOUSLY OR BY INDIVIDUALS WHO POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE HAD OTHER REASONS OR MOTIVATIONS FOR MAKING ACCUSATIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES RESPONDED VERY QUICKLY AND THOROUGHLY TO THOSE ACCUSATIONS, AND I JUST DIDN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT SUGGESTED TO ME THAT THERE WAS A CONCERN. I WILL TELL YOU THAT I'M FRUSTRATED, AND I THINK ALL IOWANS ARE FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE WE WANT TO KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. WE WANT TO HOLD THAT PERSON WHO IS RESPONSIBLE OR THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FULLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY DID TO THAT CHILD. WE WANT THEM IN JAIL. WE WANT THEM IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE, AND THEN WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS IN THE AFTERLIFE MEETS OUT APPROPRIATE JUSTICE.

Yepsen: GOVERNOR, SHOULDN'T THERE BE AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES WAS DOING HERE? WE HAD THE SHELBY DUIS CASE. WE PASSED A LAW IN IOWA TO GIVE A GOVERNOR THE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW THOSE FILES. BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT THEY WORK FOR YOU. YOU'RE THEIR BOSS. A GOVERNOR REALLY DOESN'T HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN BLOWING THE LID ON DHS. DON'T WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION HERE TO LOOK OVER WHAT WAS DONE?

Vilsack: THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SHELBY DUIS SITUATION AND CIRCUMSTANCE AND THIS PARTICULAR UNFORTUNATE AND TRAGIC INCIDENT. IN THE SHELBY DUIS SITUATION, WE WERE LOOKING AT SOMEBODY INSIDE THE HOME THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE THINGS TO THAT POOR CHILD. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S THE CASE IN THIS PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCE AND SITUATION. THIS IS A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION THAT INVOLVES LOOKING, I BELIEVE, OUTSIDE OF THE HOME. SO THIS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCE. I CAN ASSURE YOU, DAVID -- I CAN ASSURE YOU THERE IS NOBODY IN THIS STATE -- NOBODY IN THIS STATE THAT IS GOING TO BE MORE CRITICAL OF OUR DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES THAN I WILL BE IF I FIND THAT THEY HAVE NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECTED THE CHILDREN OF THIS STATE. THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT JOB OF THEIRS.

Yepsen: BUT STILL, SHOULDN'T THERE BE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION?

Vilsack: WELL, THE PROBLEM THAT YOU GET INTO WITH INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS IS THE ISSUE OF CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE CONCERNS THAT YOU HAVE. YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES RECEIVES 36,000 COMPLAINTS A YEAR. SOME OF THEM ARE JUST ABSOLUTELY BOGUS, AND SOME OF THEM ARE VERY, VERY LEGITIMATE. WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE? I'M CONFIDENT THAT WE'RE DOING A BETTER JOB. I'M CONFIDENT THAT THERE'S ALWAYS OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVEMENT. KEVIN CONCANNON IS LOOKING AT THIS FILE, AND I THINK HE'LL LOOK AT IT FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF WHETHER ALL THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED. MY GOAL WAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT WOULD HAVE SUGGESTED TO A REASONABLE PERSON THAT THIS YOUNGSTER WAS LIKELY TO BE ABDUCTED OR WAS IN SERIOUS HARM OR RISK OF HARM. I JUST DIDN'T FIND IT.

Glover: ANOTHER STEP YOU'VE TAKEN IN RECENT WEEKS IS YOU HAVE SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTORING VOTING RIGHTS FOR FELONS. YOU'VE COME UNDER SOME CRITICISM FOR THAT. DEFEND THAT MOVE.

Vilsack: IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR -- I THINK IT WAS MARCH OF THIS YEAR -- TWO REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS CAME DOWN TO MY OFFICE, JEFF ELGIN AND SCOTT RAECKER, AND THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ISSUE. THEY WANTED VERY MUCH TO SEE THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PAID THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY RESTORED SO THAT THEY COULD PARTICIPATE FULLY IN DEMOCRACY. THEY HAD STARTED A LEGISLATIVE PROCESS TO ESSENTIALLY CHANGE THE LAW AND REALIZED THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE TO DO IT LEGISLATIVELY AND FELT THAT PERHAPS IT WAS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNOR TO DO IT. THEY, TOGETHER WITH REPRESENTATIVE LENSING, SENT ME A LETTER INSTRUCTING AND IN ASKING IF I WOULD DO THAT. FOLLOWING MY MEETING WITH THEM, I SAID I WOULD BE HAPPY TO LOOK INTO IT. WE HAD THE ATTORNEY GENERAL LOOK INTO IT, MY LAWYER, GARY DICKEY LOOK INTO IT. THEY INDICATED I HAD THE AUTHORITY TO DO THIS AND IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT WE WERE ONLY ONE OF FIVE OR SIX STATES THAT DIDN'T AUTOMATICALLY RESTORE THOSE RIGHTS, I FELT IT WAS APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY FOR THE STATE OF IOWA TO BE IN THE MAINSTREAM. AFTER ALL, THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS AN IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL FUNCTION OF DEMOCRACY. AND IF INDIVIDUALS HAVE PAID THEIR DUES, IF THEY'VE PAID THEIR TIME, IF THEY'VE SERVED THEIR SENTENCE, IF THEY'VE BEEN RELEASED FROM PAROLE OR PROBATION, THEN IT SEEMS TO ME THEY OUGHT TO BE ALLOWED TO BE RECONNECTED. THEN WHEN THE RESEARCH TELLS YOU THAT WHEN YOU DO THIS, THERE ARE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED RATES OF RECIDIVISM, IT'S ACTUALLY MAKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREATER SAFETY IN THE STATE. SO ON BALANCE, I THINK IT WAS THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO AND I THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND WE DID IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.

Glover: SOME OF YOUR CRITICS SAY THAT THESE PEOPLE, NOT ALL OF THEM WILL PAY ALL OF THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY, VICTIM RESTITUTION FEES MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PAID, THINGS LIKE THAT. HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?

Vilsack: WELL, IF YOU REENGAGE PEOPLE IN SOCIETY, THEN THE CHANCES ARE BETTER THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE EMPLOYED, THEY'RE BETTER THAT THEY'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO PAY RESTITUTION. THERE ARE A SERIES OF STEPS THAT COULD BE TAKEN BY COUNTY ATTORNEYS, BY INDIVIDUALS FOR RESTITUTION. WAGES CAN BE GARNISHED. THERE ARE CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATES CAN BE FILED. THERE ARE A SERIES OF STEPS THAT COULD BE TAKEN IF PEOPLE REALLY WANT TO FULLY PROCEED WITH THE RESTITUTION ISSUE. SO THAT'S STILL PROTECTED. THEY'RE NOT FORGIVEN FROM THAT RESPONSIBILITY. ALL OF THOSE OPTIONS ARE STILL ON THE TABLE. SO IF A COUNTY ATTORNEY, FOR EXAMPLE, IS CONCERNED ABOUT COURT COSTS, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO OUT AND GARNISH THE INDIVIDUAL'S WAGES, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE PERSONAL PROPERTY, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PUT A LIEN ON REAL PROPERTY. SO THERE ARE STEPS AND PROCESSES. I THINK YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, THOUGH, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT OWE THE STATE MONEY. THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY OWE MONEY BECAUSE OF UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT THAT THE STATE HAS SUPPORTED. ARE WE GOING TO CUT OFF VOTING RIGHTS FOR THOSE PEOPLE? I DON'T THINK SO. I THINK IT'S A MUCH STRONGER DEMOCRACY WHEN MORE PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE FULLY AND COMPLETELY.

Yepsen: GOVERNOR, ANOTHER ISSUE IN THE NEWS IN IOWA RIGHT NOW IS THIS NEWTON SPEEDWAY. THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME CONCERN THAT THE FINANCING FOR THIS THING IS NOT COMING THROUGH. A COUPLE QUESTIONS: HAVE YOU CHECKED INTO THIS; AND SECONDLY, IS THE STATE GOING TO LOSE ANY MONEY IF THIS THING DOESN'T COME TOGETHER?

Vilsack: LET ME ANSWER YOUR SECOND QUESTION FIRST. THE WAY THE LEGISLATION WAS CRAFTED AND DIRECTED, THE STATE IS NOT AT RISK TO LOSE MONEY UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE RACE TRACK IS ACTUALLY OPERATING. SO THERE'S NO RISK TO THE STATE. DURING THE COURSE OF THE DISCUSSION OF THIS LEGISLATION, THERE WERE EFFORTS TO TAKE A LOOK AT AND TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROMOTERS OF THIS RACE TRACK, CERTAINLY THE LOCAL PROMOTERS, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE LOCALLY INVOLVED. I KNOW THEM PERSONALLY AND I KNOW THEM TO BE GOOD, HONEST, CREDIBLE PEOPLE. THEY STILL HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE IN THIS PROJECT AND, FOR THAT REASON, I DO TOO. AND UNTIL I'M TOLD THAT IN FACT IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, I'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT I THINK FOR THE NEWTON AREA AND FOR THE STATE OF IOWA. IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT OUR OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND ACCESS TO RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. IT'S AN EXTENSION OF VISION IOWA. MY SINCERE HOPE IS THAT WHATEVER TECHNICALITIES NEED TO BE WORKED OUT GET WORKED OUT VERY SOON AND WORK IS RESTORED AND CONTINUED ON THAT PROJECT.

Yepsen: ANOTHER ISSUE IS THE ISSUE OF TUITION AT THE STATE UNIVERSITIES. YOU CAME UP WITH SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY TO HELP STAVE OFF A TUITION INCREASE. GOVERNOR, I THOUGHT THE LEGISLATURE HAD TO GET INVOLVED IN APPROPRIATING MONEY. ARE YOU EXCEEDING YOUR AUTHORITY HERE BY GOING AROUND TO OTHER POTS OF MONEY IN STATE GOVERNMENT AND MOVING FUNDS INTO THE STATE UNIVERSITIES?

Vilsack: NOT AT ALL. AS A MATTER OF FACT, SOME OF THE FUNDS THAT WERE PROVIDED WERE ESSENTIALLY APPROVED AND AUTHORIZED BY THE LEGISLATURE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE VALUES FUND MONEY THAT'S DIRECTLY GOING TO THE UNIVERSITIES WAS APPROPRIATED DIRECTLY BY THE LEGISLATURE. THE PREVIOUS APPROPRIATION ON THE VALUES FUND, WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDED US SUBSIDY MONEY AND STIMULUS MONEY, THE LEGISLATURE DIRECTED THAT THAT BE USED FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES AND INCLUDED THE REGENTS UNIVERSITIES AS PART OF THAT. SO THAT'S BEEN LEGISLATIVELY AUTHORIZED AND APPROVED. THE OTHER RESOURCES THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FIND WERE REALLY A RESULT OF OUR EFFORTS UNDER THE IOWA CARES PROGRAM. AS WE DEALT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND AS WE DEALT WITH THE LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP THE IOWA CARES HEALTH CARE PROGRAM TO EXTEND COVERAGE TO UNINSURED, WE FOUND THAT THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS TO PERHAPS LEVERAGE AN ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION OF FEDERAL RESOURCES, WHICH IS WHAT WE DID. SO I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS. I THINK PEOPLE ARE PLEASED AND HAPPY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FIND IT. THE QUESTION NOW IS ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN OUR UNIVERSITIES. ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THEM AS THE ENGINES OF ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION? I HOPE WE DO. I THINK WHAT WE'RE GOING TO LEARN FROM THE GOVERNORS CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND IS THAT UNIVERSITIES DO IN FACT PLAY AN INTEGRAL ROLE AND MUST BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE FUTURE, NOT JUST STATEWIDE BUT NATIONALLY AS WELL.

Glover: GOVERNOR, YOU MENTIONED IT, AND LET'S TURN BACK TO THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, IF WE COULD. YOU TALKED ABOUT MEDICAID. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO DO IN THIS CONFERENCE IS TOUT THE CHANGES MADE IN IOWA'S MEDICAID LAW THAT WILL ADD UP TO 30,000 PEOPLE TO THE MEDICAID ROLLS IN THE STATE. IS THERE A DANGER OF BRINGING TOO MANY ADDITIONAL PEOPLE INTO MEDICAID, RUNNING THE STATE INTO BUDGET PROBLEMS, AND THEN HAVING TO CUT OFF SERVICES?

Vilsack: MIKE, LET ME MAKE SURE I SET THIS STRAIGHT, BECAUSE IT'S VERY COMPLICATED. WHILE IT WAS PART OF THE MEDICAID DISCUSSION, THIS PLAN REALLY ISN'T AN EXTENSION OF MEDICAID. IT'S NOT -- IT'S NOT A MEDICAID PROGRAM. IT'S A SEPARATE AND DISTINCT PROGRAM FROM MEDICAID. IT WAS PROMPTED BY THE FACT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO TAKE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TRANSFER MONEY AWAY FROM THE STATE, WHICH WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A CUT TO MEDICAID. WE MAINTAINED THE RESOURCES, WHICH ALLOWS US TO KEEP OUR MEDICAID BUDGET WHOLE. AND THEN WHAT WE SAID TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GIVE US THE RESOURCE SO THAT WE CAN COVER MORE UNINSURED INDIVIDUALS WHO DON'T QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID, WHO MAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THE MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT BUT DON'T MAKE ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD PRIVATE INSURANCE. SO NOW WE'RE IN A POSITION TO EXTEND COVERAGE TO THE UNINSURED, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR PRIVATE BUSINESS IN THIS STATE BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM MORE COMPETITIVE. THEY WON'T HAVE TO SHOULDER THE COSTS OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THESE UNINSURED FOLKS. NOW, THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE HAVE IN THIS PROGRAM IS A FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY, SO THAT'S GOING TO DEFINE THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COVER.

Glover: MM-HMM.

Vilsack: OUR CHALLENGE IS TO LEVERAGE, IS TO BE INNOVATIVE, IS TO BE CREATIVE IN TERMS OF HOW WE USE THIS RESOURCE SO THAT WE MAXIMIZE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. BUT WE WILL ALWAYS WORK WITHIN THAT CONFINED AMOUNT OF MONEY. SO THERE'S NO RISK TO GETTING INTO A SITUATION WHERE THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE THAN WE HAVE RESOURCES TO COVER. LET ME JUST SAY ONE OTHER THING. THERE ARE THREE COMPONENTS TO THIS, AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS. FIRST AND FOREMOST IS COVERING THE UNINSURED, MAYBE AS MANY AS 30,000 AS YOUR QUESTION SUGGESTED. ALSO REBALANCING THE LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM, VERY IMPORTANT TO MAINTAINING AND CONTROLLING COSTS IN MEDICAID. THE STATE OF IOWA IS DOING SOMETHING THAT PERHAPS THE REST OF THE NATION OUGHT TO REALLY BE FOCUSED ON, AND THAT IS A LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM, A CONTINUUM OF CARE, AND THEN, FINALLY, THE ABILITY TO INCENT TRANSFORMATION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO GIVE US ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT WE CAN USE FOR ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS FOR PATIENTS, FOR GREATER DISEASE MANAGEMENT, FOR OPPORTUNITIES THAT MENTAL HEALTH -- COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES TO PROVIDE, OPPORTUNITIES FOR DENTAL HOMES FOR CHILDREN, ALL OF WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY OVER TIME REDUCE THE OVERALL HEALTH CARE COSTS TO THE STATE, NOT INCREASE IT.

Glover: AND IS THIS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE TRANSFORMED TO OTHER STATES? IS THIS A PATH THAT OTHER STATES SHOULD WALK?

Vilsack: ABSOLUTELY, MIKE. AND WHAT'S REALLY EXCITING ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY IS THAT IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION HAS SUGGESTED TO CONGRESS AS CHANGES IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IS THE OUTLINE OF THE IOWA CARES PROGRAM. SO WE ARE ONE STEP AHEAD AND MAYBE SEVERAL STEPS AHEAD OF MOST STATES IN THE COUNTRY IN DEALING WITH THIS. AND, YOU KNOW, MOST STATES ARE CONTRACTING, THEY'RE REDUCING, THEY'RE LIMITING SERVICES, THEY'RE ELIMINATING PEOPLE, THEY'RE PUTTING A GREATER BURDEN ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE OPPOSITE IS HAPPENING IN IOWA.

Yepsen: GOVERNOR, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT'S GOING TO COME UP AT THIS -- IS COMING UP AT THIS CONFERENCE AND EXISTS IN AMERICA TODAY IS THE HOMELAND SECURITY QUESTION AND THE USE OF FEDERAL MONEY TO THE STATES TO PROTECT THE NATION. MANY URBAN STATES ARE SAYING THAT MONEY IS BEING PORK BARRELED, THAT IT'S BEING WASTED, THAT DOLLARS THAT SHOULD GO TO CITIES, LIKE NEW YORK CITY THAT FACE REAL THREATS, IS GOING TO SMALL TOWNS AND SMALL STATES FOR THINGS THAT ARE NOT IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT AS A GOVERNOR OF A SMALL STATE? CAN WE FIND A BALANCE IN THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY?

Vilsack: WELL, DAVID, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO BE DISCUSSED. AND I THINK THAT THE STATES WITH LARGE URBAN CENTERS HAVE A LEGITIMATE CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE ARE ADEQUATE RESOURCES BEING PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT TRANSIT SYSTEMS, FOR EXAMPLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE URBAN CENTERS LIKE NEW YORK, CHICAGO, THAT MIGHT BE SIGNIFICANT TARGETS, ARE WELL PROTECTED. I HAVE NO QUARREL WITH THEIR CONCERNS. I DON'T THINK IT IS RIGHT TO SUGGEST THAT HOW WE PAY FOR THOSE IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE TO SHORTCHANGE SMALLER STATES. MY STATE -- OUR STATE HAS A VERY SIGNIFICANT HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUE AND THAT IS WITH THE FOOD SUPPLY. YOU KNOW, ONE COW WITH MAD COW DISEASE CAN WREAK HAVOC IN THE CATTLE MARKETS, CAN SUBSTANTIALLY DISRUPT THE ECONOMY OF MANY STATES. SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR STATES -- SMALL STATES TO HAVE ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO PROTECT THE FOOD SUPPLY. AND WE ALSO CAN'T PREDICT WHAT LEVEL OF TERROR MIGHT OCCUR OR WHERE IT WILL OCCUR OR WHY, SO WE CAN'T REALLY SAY AT THE EXPENSE OF SMALL STATES WHERE WE'RE GOING TO PUT MORE RESOURCE. I THINK WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHETHER AS A NATION WE'RE ALLOCATING ENOUGH RESOURCE TO HOMELAND SECURITY, WHETHER WE'RE AS SMART ABOUT HOMELAND SECURITY AS WE NEED TO BE. YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN VERY LITTLE DISCUSSION AND THERE NEEDS TO BE GREAT DISCUSSION ABOUT THE WHOLE ISSUE OF NUCLEAR TERRORISM. AS SIGNIFICANT AS WHAT'S HAPPENING IN LONDON AND OTHER PLACES, THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES WITH WEAPONS -- ATOMIC WEAPONS THAT NOBODY REALLY KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE OR WHETHER THEY'RE ADEQUATELY SECURED. WHAT ARE WE DOING AS A NATION TO SECURE OURSELVES AGAINST NUCLEAR TERRORISM? THERE'S A LOT HERE. I WILL TELL YOU, I DID HAVE A MEETING -- I'M ONE OF THE FEW GOVERNORS, I THINK, PRIOR TO THIS MEETING THAT HAD A CHANCE TO MEET WITH THE SECRETARY. I'M VERY IMPRESSED WITH HIS APPROACH, AND I THINK HE'S GOING TO COME TO US WITH A REDESIGN AND A RECONFIGURATION OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT. I THINK HE IS FULLY APPRECIATIVE OF THE AGROTERRORISM RISK, AND I ACTUALLY WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE ISSUES.

Borg: WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ON BEHALF OF IOWA FROM HIM?

Vilsack: A CONTINUATION AND CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR OUR AGROTERRORISM EFFORT.

Borg: SPECIFICALLY.

Vilsack: WE SPECIFICALLY STARTED A REGIONAL TEN-STATE EFFORT TO TRY TO CREATE A PROCESS BY WHICH WE COULD DETECT, PREVENT, RESPOND TO ANY KIND OF AGROTERRORISM EVENTS SO OUR FOOD SUPPLY WAS SAFE AND SECURE. WE NEED A CONTINUATION OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT'S INVESTMENT IN THAT. IT IS SURPRISING TO ME THAT OUR DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IS NOT PARTICULARLY SUPPORTIVE OF THIS, AND SO WE HAVE HAD TO TURN TO HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE RESOURCES TO CONTINUE THIS REGIONAL EFFORT.

Glover: THERE'S ANOTHER SECURITY QUESTION OUT THERE. I'VE HEARD SOME GOVERNORS COMPLAIN ABOUT THE USE OF THEIR NATIONAL GUARD UNITS. SOME WESTERN GOVERNORS HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING: WE'RE GOING INTO FIRE SEASON; WE NEED THE GUARD BACK HOME TO FIGHT FIRES. HAVE YOU FOUND IT A PROBLEM THAT YOUR GUARD IS LARGELY DEPLOYED OVERSEAS? DO YOU NEED THEM BACK HERE? AND WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

Vilsack: WELL, LET ME SAY THAT I HAPPEN TO BE EXTRAORDINARILY PROUD, AS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF OUR NATIONAL GUARD, OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR NATIONAL GUARD. THEY HAVE SERVED AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN MANY STATES. THEY HAVE SERVED WITH GREAT DISTINCTION. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, WE'VE LOST TOO MANY OF OUR QUALITY YOUNG PEOPLE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. HAVING SAID THAT, ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT IOWA AND ABOUT IOWANS IS THAT THEY RESPOND TO CALL OF THEIR COUNTRY. SOME STATES ARE CURRENTLY HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH RECRUITING. NOT IN IOWA, AND THERE ARE REASONS FOR THAT. IT'S BECAUSE WORKING WITH THE LEGISLATURE, WE EXPANDED THE STUDENT TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. WORKING WITH THE IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY, WE CREATED A FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN COMBAT. WORKING WITH A VARIETY OF VETERANS GROUPS, WE'RE CONTINUING TO EXPAND ACCESS TO VETERANS BENEFITS. WE'RE BASICALLY SENDING A MESSAGE TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM, THAT WE ARE PROUD OF THEM, AND THAT WE WILL SUPPORT THEM. AND THAT MESSAGE IS BEING TRANSLATED INTO PEOPLE CONTINUING TO SERVE AND CONTINUING TO BE RECRUITED.

Glover: BUT HAS THEIR DEPLOYMENT CAUSED YOU A PROBLEM?

Vilsack: IT HASN'T CAUSED US A PROBLEM IN THE STATE OF IOWA. AND THE REASON IT HASN'T IS BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN RECRUITMENT LEVELS. NOW, THERE ARE OTHER STATES WHERE RECRUITMENT LEVELS ARE SUBSTANTIALLY DOWN, AND I CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN OF GOVERNORS. NOW, HAVING SAID THAT, I THINK WHAT WE HAVE TO HAVE IS A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SIZE OF OUR MILITARY. WE, FRANKLY, DON'T HAVE ENOUGH BOOTS ON THE GROUND AROUND THE WORLD. THE SIZE OF OUR MILITARY HAS TO BE DISCUSSED AND THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL GUARD. ARE WE GOING TO CREATE SORT OF A BIFURCATED NATIONAL GUARD WHERE WE HAVE SOME FOLKS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT THE COMMITMENT TO THE NATIONAL GUARD IS GOING TO BE FOR A LONGER TERM, MORE LIKELY TO BE CALLED UP, MORE LIKELY TO BE PUT IN HARM'S WAY, VERSUS THOSE WHO SIGN UP UNDERSTANDING THAT THEIR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS GOING TO BE TAKING CARE OF FLOOD CONTROL OR TORNADOES IN IOWA OR FIRES IN WESTERN AMERICA?

Yepsen: GOVERNOR, I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE IOWA AGENDA. YOU'VE STILL GOT ANOTHER YEAR AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE HERE. THIS TIME A YEAR AGO, I RECALL YOU WERE TRAVELING AROUND THE STATE, BEATING A GONG FOR THIS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM, AND YOU GOT IT THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE. I DON'T SEE YOU DOING SIMILAR THINGS WITH SIMILAR ISSUES NOW. YOU'RE FOCUSED ON GOVERNORS CONFERENCES, DLC. WHAT'S THE TOM VILSACK AGENDA FOR IOWA GOING TO BE IN THE '06 LEGISLATIVE SESSION?

Vilsack: DAVID, I THINK YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR CALENDAR. I THINK WE BEGAN THOSE DISCUSSIONS IN THE FALL, AND YOU WILL SEE ME BEGIN THOSE DISCUSSIONS IN THE FALL. AND THE REASON WHY THE FALL IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE HAVE A SERIES OF RETREATS -- BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREATS DURING THE SUMMER. WHEN THE LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS, WE HAVE ABOUT 30 TO 45 DAYS OF DEALING WITH THE LOOSE ENDS OF THE LEGISLATURE. WE GOT THROUGH THAT IN THE FIRST PART OF JUNE. THEN WE BEGAN TO TAKE A LOOK AT CLOSING THE BOOKS ON THE FISCAL CONDITION OF THE STATE FOR THE PRECEDING FISCAL YEAR. WE'VE DONE THAT. NOW WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF PREPARING FOR THE BOARD RETREAT, WHICH TAKES PLACE IN THE FIRST PART OF AUGUST. AFTER THAT WE'LL COME UP WITH A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS. I THINK WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE US ADVOCATE, OBVIOUSLY FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE, MORE RIGOROUS AND MORE RELEVANT HIGH SCHOOLS, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE US ADVOCATE FOR CONTINUED EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE SECURITY FOR IOWANS. YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE US WORK VERY HARD TO TRANSFORM THIS IOWA ECONOMY. AND YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE US BEAT THE DRUM ON CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURES OF SCHOOLS AND IN CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.

Yepsen: SO ALL THIS GONG AND DRUM BEATING IS GOING TO COME IN THE FALL?

Vilsack: IT HAS COME IN THE FALL.

Glover: IT WOULDN'T BE AN OFFICIAL "IOWA PRESS" SHOW IF WE DIDN'T TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT STATE POLITICS. THERE'S A DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMING FOR THE DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION. THE FIELD IS ALREADY PRETTY BIG. DO YOU EXPECT TO PICK A FAVORITE IN THAT RACE?

Vilsack: NO. MY JOB I THINK AS THE GOVERNOR IS TO DO THE VERY BEST JOB I CAN GOVERNING THE STATE SO THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT DEMOCRATS CAN IN FACT GOVERN SUCCESSFULLY, WITH FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CAN MOVE THIS STATE FORWARD. I CERTAINLY AM HAPPY TO VISIT WITH ANY CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR ON OUR SIDE THAT WANTS ADVICE OR DIRECTION OR COUNSEL OR SUGGESTIONS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE CANDIDATE SO THAT THE DEBATE DURING THE FALL OF 2006 IS AS STRONG AND AS STIMULATING AS IT POSSIBLY CAN BE.

Glover: THERE'S A PERCEPTION -- ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO IS RUNNING IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, MICHAEL BLOUIN, A CLOSE ASSOCIATE OF YOURS. THERE'S A PERCEPTION THAT HE'S KIND OF YOUR CANDIDATE. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT?

Vilsack: YOU KNOW, MIKE, I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR CHET CULVER. HE HAS WORKED REALLY HARD. I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO RAISE RESOURCES FOR A GOVERNORS RACE. YOU DON'T RAISE THE KIND OF MONEY HE'S RAISED WITHOUT WORKING HARD. SO HE'S A HARD WORKER. I'VE SERVED WITH PATTY JUDGE IN THE IOWA LEGISLATURE, AND I'VE SERVED WITH HER ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AS THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HER. MIKE GRONSTAL IS A CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND. I HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR HIS LEADERSHIP CAPACITY. MIKE BLOUIN HAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN ALL OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT JOBS HE'S HAD IN CEDAR AND DES MOINES AND AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR HIM. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR ED FALLON'S PASSION. I DON'T KNOW MR. MOHAMED, BUT I'M SURE THAT HE TOO HAS A LOT OF INNOVATIVE IDEAS. THE POINT OF THIS IS, I DON'T HAVE A FAVORITE. MY FAVORITE IS A DEMOCRAT THAT CAN WIN.

Borg: WHAT I HEAR YOU SAYING IS TIME WILL TELL. TIME IS A FACTOR HERE AND WE'RE OUT OF IT. THANKS SO MUCH. ON OUR NEXT EDITION OF "IOWA PRESS," IOWA STATEHOUSE REPORTERS WHO ARE COVERING THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS CONFERENCE WILL GATHER HERE TO FOCUS ON THE POLICY AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THOSE PROCEEDINGS, THE WHO, WHAT, AND WHY. NEXT WEEKEND, REGULAR AIRTIMES: 7:30 FRIDAY AND SUNDAY AT NOON. I HOPE YOU'LL WATCH. I'M DEAN BORG. THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY "FRIENDS," THE IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION FOUNDATION; BY THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION; FOR PERSONAL, BUSINESS, AND COMMERCIAL NEEDS, IOWA BANKS HELP IOWANS REACH THEIR FINANCIAL GOALS; BY THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF IOWA, THE PUBLIC'S PARTNER IN BUILDING IOWA'S HIGHWAY, BRIDGE, AND MUNICIPAL UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE; AND BY CAPITOL RESOURCES, INC., LOCATED IN BROOKLYN, IOWA; AND BY NICOLE SCHLINGER AND ERIC LANGE INDIVIDUALLY, FUND-RAISING AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES FOR MAJOR CAMPAIGNS SINCE 1996.

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