DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad is not inclined to call the Legislature into special session to deal with the potential impact of a partial federal government shutdown.
“The last thing we need to do is bring back the Legislature back to wait on Congress,” Branstad said Monday. Besides, he added, “it’s expensive to call the Legislature back.”
Although some Iowa Workforce Development and Department of Public Safety staff members have been furloughed because their jobs are affected by the lack of federal funds, Branstad said the state has been able to minimize the impact.
“No, I don’t think we’re going to run out of money in state agencies,” he replied to a question during his weekly news conference at the Capitol.
Over the weekend, Branstad pointed out, he heard that the Gold Star museum at Camp Dodge would be closed, but the state came up with a plan to keep it open.
He was critical of federal actions that resulted in “stupid things like closing the World War II memorial or the Gold Star Museum.”
Branstad said he and state officials will continue to monitor the situation “to determine what is in the best interest of the people of Iowa.”
— James Lynch, Capital Bureau