Governor Terry Branstad usually holds a news conference once a week, on Mondays, but he was in D.C. yesterday. Branstad was in DC over the past five days for a National Governors Association meeting as well as a bunch of other meetings. He briefed reporters on the trip this morning, then answered questions on a range of issues, from efforts to get rid of the state drug czar to his view on the proposed closure of the laboratory school at the University of Northern Iowa.
AUDIO of Branstad’s news conference.
After Branstad talked about his meeting with Leon Panetta and his visit with officials from FEMA & the Army Corps of Engineers, Branstad answered questions, ending with a discussion of his previous opposition/current willingness to consider an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit as part of a tax package that would include reducing property taxes. The governor also admonished legislators of both parties for an apparent unwillingness to fully embrace his education reform proposals. Bills pending in the House and Senate are too timid, according to Branstad.