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Liberal Iowa political group blasts Branstad, says he has broken promises

This news story was published on January 14, 2014.
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Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa

Matt Sinovic of Progress Iowa

DES MOINES – Progress Iowa today released ‘The Condition of Governor Branstad’s Promises’, an accounting of the promises made by Governor Branstad in advance of his 2014 ‘condition of the state’ address.

The Governor promised to create 200,000 new jobs, reduce the cost of government by 15%, increase family incomes by 25%, and make Iowa’s schools the best in the nation. According to a number of independent sources, many from the Branstad administration directly, the Governor has broken each of those promises.

“The facts are clear — Governor Branstad broke his promise to Iowans,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “The Governor failed to create jobs, tried to deceive us about the jobs he didn’t create, wasted our tax dollars on 5-star travel for the people who failed to create jobs, and on top of it all gave his employees bonuses. His legacy of failed policies and broken promises add up to stagnant family incomes and school children who are at risk because they’re living in poverty at higher rates than ever before.” 

The Condition of Governor Branstad’s Promises: Broken, Broken, Broken, and Broken

Branstad’s Promise: Create 200,000 New Jobs

Result: Net increase of only 54,000 jobs since January 2011



Branstad’s Promise: 15% Reduction in the Cost of Government

Result: Hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars wasted



  • Governor Branstad promised a 15% reduction in the cost of government [Source: Gov. Branstad’s website]

  • The Branstad administration has continually been criticized for wasting funds:

    • Paying bonuses to Branstad appointees [Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette]

    • Flying first class on international trips, and staying at hotels that offer 5-star luxury accomodations [Source: WHO TV]

    • Spending $100,000 on a Department of Transportation logo redesign [Source: Des Moines Register]

    • Spending more than $500,000 to remove Chris Godfrey, the Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner, including hiring lawyers at $325 per hour [Source: Cityview]. This is one of many lawsuits Branstad has been forced to defend because of mismanagement or overreaching his constitutional authority [Source: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier]

Branstad’s Promise: 25% Increase in Family Incomes

Result: Median family income grew by just 0.2% from 2010 to 2012




Branstad’s Promise: Create the best schools in the nation

Result: Iowa ranks 37th in per pupil spending, and poverty holds back more Iowa school children than ever before



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3 Responses to Liberal Iowa political group blasts Branstad, says he has broken promises

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    as seen from here Reply Report comment

    January 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    How the hell can any liberal say anything about broken promises?! Dunder head!

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    Chris Branstad Reply Report comment

    January 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Branstad is about as freaking petty as Chris Christie. I direct you to the officer that was fired the day after he stopped Branstad speeding. I further direct you to, Branstad starting an investigation on the matter once the papers got a hold of it… But insisting, everything was alright. Then Branstad is stopped again by another cop for speeding right after this incident. Records indicated that Branstad had his plates run numerious times for the same offense. But when the records were set to be released. They mysteriously vanished, from public view.

    Branstad should and will be ousted from Iowa politics!

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      January 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      @hater-who cares about the small stuff? Get a life.