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February 16th, 2009

Salaries to be reduced at the Rebuild Iowa Office

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Ron DardisDES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Chet Culver said he’s disappointed with high salaries at a state-run flood-recovery agency and plans to scale back officials’ pay.

“I have been disappointed in some of the decisions that have been made there,” Culver said, meeting with reporters.

The governor on Monday was asked about lawmakers who have been critical of the Rebuild Iowa Office, an agency Culver created to coordinate flood recovery efforts. Chief among their concerns were worries about the salaries of workers at the agency in a budget submitted to the Legislature.

Responding to that grumbling, Culver has named former Iowa National Guard Adjutant Ron Dardis to head the agency. Culver met with Dardis earlier in the day.

“There will be significant changes to that budget which was submitted to the Legislature,” said Culver. “It will be scaled back significantly and those salaries will be adjusted downward.”

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