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Iowa union chief furious over state budget cuts

This news story was published on March 29, 2018.
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Danny Homan

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement following Governor Reynolds’ signing of yet another round of mid-year budget cuts:

Wednesday, “Kim Reynolds signed SF2117 into law, which cut an additional $35 million from the budget that was approved by the legislature last year. There are only three months left to absorb these massive cuts in state government, which is not only irresponsible, but also dangerous.

“This is the second year in a row that the Reynolds administration has had to pull money from the current budget just to pay the bills. Why? Because tax breaks for her donors and big businesses are more important than the hardworking employees who make our state happen. This budget nightmare was signed into law all while she is trying to push over $1 billion in tax cuts through the legislature. This will obliterate our state’s finances just like it did to Kansas.

“The sad thing is, everyday Iowans are going to pay the price for her irresponsibility. When we cut our regents by millions, students and their families see their debt increase. When we cut corrections by millions, safety in our prisons deteriorates. When we cut DHS by millions, kids in our foster care system suffer. Iowans should brace themselves for the impact of these cuts. Iowans deserve more competent leadership and they should demand it at the polls in November.”

Department SF 2117 Cuts
Department of Human Services $4.3 million
Board of Regents $10.9 million
Community Colleges $500 thousand
Judicial Branch $1.6 million
Department of Corrections $3.4 million
Department of Education $784 thousand
Department of Public Health $662 thousand
Iowa Workforce Development $167 thousand
State Public Defender $236 thousand
Iowa Public Television $68 thousand
Department of Inspections and Appeals $102 thousand
Department of Revenue $528 thousand
Department of Agriculture $188 thousand
Department of Justice $378 thousand
Department on Aging $110 thousand
Department of Public Safety $200 thousand
Department of Natural Resources $123 thousand
Economic Development $158 thousand
Iowa Skilled Worker & Job Creation Fund $10 million

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 61 represents 40,000 public employees in Iowa including law enforcement and correctional officers, firefighters, mental health workers, professional school staff, emergency responders, and many other workers. AFSCME Council 61 also represents home health care and child care providers across the state and private sector workers at Prairie Meadows, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Des Moines University, and ABM (Marshalltown).

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19 Responses to Iowa union chief furious over state budget cuts

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Kim I’d just go bananas with your bananas…

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 31, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Iowa has money for welfare for ILLEGAL aliens -MILLIONS – and as for corporate tax breaks – YES – CHINESE owned / shell companies all over the place hiding the money trail for these communist chinese operated/ owned pig farms/CAFOs businesses.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 31, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Don’t forget the welfare for the illegals from Chitcago.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 31, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Keep on cutting !!!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you Governor Reynolds for cutting wasteful spending and saving our money. As for dimwit Danny Homan, go pound sand.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      You’re a fool.
      Iowa’s new slogan “Not very bright but always have a welfare check for corporations”

      Cut spending for everything else, reduce taxes on corporations.
      We are becoming Kansas 2.0 (check out how well that is going for them).

      Reynolds & the Republicans are idiots & corporate lackeys.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Collecting pop cans is a small business for people who need the money – we can’t all qualify for porch monkey welfare.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2018 at 5:49 am

    I want to play with Kim’s dirt knot…

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Same ole shit …. blah…blah…blah…. cuts in corrections everybody going to be unsafe. Cuts in education kids are gonna die. Anybody with a brain not buying it anymore. You could cut both in half and it wouldn’t matter at all.

  8. Dicky G. Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Homan is a Communist, basically.

  9. John Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Poor Danny, always pissed about something, must live a miserable life walking around pissed all day every day for life and that’s Danny for you. He needs to find another job, he’s going down hill fast.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    A pizzed fat cat – made my day ! YAhoooooooooo!

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    This is great – Finally a person who follows the Budget – cuts are important to pork barrel projects that the Dimms demand – Kim – us small business owners and the private sector thank you again for the common sense job you are doing. THANK YOU!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      collecting pop cans in ditches is not a small business

  12. sad but true Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 10:35 am

    This is not good, if it keeps up, government employees are going to have to cut back just like the people they serve? I know some that have to pay a whole 45-50 dollars a month for their medical and dental