Yesterday, the Culver/Judge campaign launched its “Demand an Answer” campaign with a release highlighting the $17,655 in I-JOBS funding Ringgold County received – on the very day Terry Branstad was there listening to the concerns of its residents.
Find the Culver/Judge release here: http://www.iowapolitics.com/index.iml?Article=207026
However, the total share of actual I-JOBS debt Ringgold County is shackled with equals $2.8 million.
“It’s disingenuous for the Culver campaign to claim Terry Branstad is ‘against’ Ringgold County on a day he is there, meeting with residents of the county, during the exact time when Chet Culver shackles them with a $2.8 million debt mandate from Des Moines.” said Branstad 2010 campaign manager Jeff Boeyink. “This is a continuing pattern of deception and misinformation in which this administration continues to engage. Lobbing press releases and debt from Des Moines is not real leadership.”
Here are the figures:
I-JOBS debt: $1,700,000,000
Iowa Population: 3,007,856 (US Census Bureau, 2009: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19000.html)
Per person I-JOBS debt: $565.18
Ringgold County Population: 4,944 (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/19159.html)
$565.18 x 4,944 = $2,794,249.92 (approximately $2.8 million)
“Ringgold County residents’ share of the IJOBs debt is approximately $2.8 million over the next 23 years. A high price to pay for $17,655 in road repairs,” concluded Boeyink.