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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Iowa Republican: 1391 jobs lost -- One person to blame: Governor Chet Culver

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent this month. The
report from the Iowa Workforce Development office showed that the
state lost 1,200 jobs in the month of September. Some might find
comfort that the unemployment rate didn't increase for the first time
in 2009. However, the news came on the day when state government
agencies announced that 1391 jobs would be eliminated as a result of
Governor Culver's 10 percent across-the-board cuts. That's right, more
jobs were lost yesterday than were lost in the entire month of
September. The hardest areas hit by Culver's cuts were the Department
of Human Service, which cut 228 positions and the Department of
Corrections, which cut 777 positions. A large portion of the job cuts
could have been prevented had Governor Culver taken recommendations
from his department heads and Republican legislators who combined to
offer $392 million in proposed cuts and cost saving measures.

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