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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Rants misses the point of the Power Fund

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

State Representative Chris Rants promised to run his gubernatorial campaign on "Diet Coke and Casey's pizza and ethanol," but attacks on Governor Chet Culver are the real fuel for his political ambitions. He's been bashing Culver's economic policies all summer. His latest target is the Power Fund, which Rants would ax to help balance the state budget. Culver and his office have repeatedly cited a study by the Green Jobs Initiative Committee, which estimated that Iowa has more than 8,700 "green jobs," a substantial increase in the past few years. Culver has credited the Power Fund with helping create thousands of jobs, while Rants says Culver is misleading Iowans because fewer than 100 jobs can be directly attributed to Power Fund grants.

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