High(Low)lights from the Governor’s Item Vetoes

I highly recommend you contact both Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds (The Lt. Governor’s contact has been changed to the governor’s office. Please address both in your correspondence to the office.) if you have concerns on the following issues.
The Governor bravely released his vetoes at 5 pm the day before a 3 day holiday week end when he had the best chance of it not receiving much press and Iowans not noticing. We have reached a new low if we believe that underfunding education will produce a world-class education (as the governor stated in his veto message).

Here are the HighLowlights from the Governor’s Item Vetoes

  • HF 666 – One-time funding bill (all vetoed below)
  • $55.7 million for k-12 schools
  • $1.8 million to keep mental health institutes open
  • $2.3 million for substance abuse treatment
  • $310,000 for transition costs to new high security prison in Ft. Madison facility
  • $2.5 million for community colleges
  • $2.8 million for the University of Iowa
  • $2.2 million for Iowa State University
  • $1.1 million for University of Northern Iowa

HF 651 – E911
Vetoed language to improve communication between local emergency providers

SF 499 – Economic Development Budget
Vetoed language to ensure administrative law judges can operate free from political influence

The HHS budget protects Iowa’s disabled, elderly, and veterans. The bill passed by the legislature was seriously underfunded and the Governor made it even worse. We have an obligation to protect those who cannot help themselves. This bill started $92 million below the Governor’s original budget proposals. It is hard for me to believe how low we have gone.

SF 505 – HHS

  • Vetoed language to prevent a private managed care company from charging additional fees for services
  • Vetoed expanding eligibility for child care assistance to more Iowans
  • Vetoed language that could have kept Clarinda open under private management
  • Vetoed funding for Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute

Quote of the Week: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela