Kelley not expecting IWD office to reopen soon
The state legislature has not yet had time to react to Friday’s Iowa Supreme Court decision ruling that Gov. Terry Branstad’s line-item veto of a provision allowing the closure of the state’s local Workforce Development offices was unconstitutional. But at Saturday’s Legislative Coffee, hosted by the Jasper County League of Women Voters, Iowa House District 41 Rep. Dan Kelley, D-Newton, said he did not believe the decision would directly lead to the reopening of the Newton office any time soon.
“I suppose that’s why it’s not topic number one for me because ultimately I’d like to reopen that office,” Kelley said at the 9 a.m. constituent meeting in the Newton Hy-Vee Club Room. “I just don’t see the decision on Friday leading to that. I hope I’m wrong. I’m sure that Monday morning it will be a hot topic.”
Branstad v. Homan stems from the governor’s veto of language from a bill meant to make the closing of the workforce offices illegal. The legislation also budgeted $8.6 million to the Iowa Workforce Development’s local branches.
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