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June 16th, 2010

Strawn: “Culver is no Stranger to Deficits and Mismanagement”

Tax hikes, bonding, federal funds or an across-the-board cut: How will Gov. Culver fix his $576,000 problem?
Mismanagement of HAVA funds before he became governor is self-created headache in latest budget problem

(DES MOINES) – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today said Iowans need answers on where Gov. Culver will find $576,000 to fill the gap he caused as Iowa secretary of state in his misappropriation of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds. Due to the governor’s mismanagement, the state now has to repay those funds.

“Gov. Culver is no stranger to deficits and mismanagement, and Iowans need to know how he intends to correct this latest budget fiasco,” said Strawn.

Last fall, Gov. Culver took a meat axe approach to the state’s budget, slashing funds by 10 percent across-the-board and refusing to call the Legislature back into session. The cuts caused a massive shift to property taxpayers, to the tune of $500 million.

“Will he fill this gap through more cuts to education, or will he put the burden of his mistake on the backs of property taxpayers?” continued Strawn. “Or, is he hoping for the federal government to again swoop in and save the day? Worse yet, maybe he will bond for it.”

Strawn noted that thus far, $1.8 billion in one-time money has been used to close Gov. Culver’s budget deficits thus far.

Gov. Culver has bonded for over $800 million, claiming it as his signature jobs plan. Since they passed it, unemployment has gone from 5.3 percent to 6.9 percent.

“This reckless and irresponsible management of taxpayer funds is, sadly, what we have come to expect time and again from this administration,” said Strawn. “It is time for a proven, honest leader like Gov. Branstad to again balance Iowa’s budget and put us on a path to prosperity.”

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