Branstad administration draws ire for Veterans Home project

Multiple state employees testified Gov. Branstad's administration acted illegally and risked federal money to redesign a $105 million construction project at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. One accusation is that the administration allowed a contractor to work without a contract in an effort to derail contracts already in place.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Jack Hatch got break on work-zone speeding incident

Gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch, who kicked off his campaign by criticizing Gov. Terry Branstad for a speeding incident, was cited for speeding himself Monday. The trooper seems to have gone easy on Hatch, citing him at a lower speed and not including penalties for speeding in a work zone.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Branstad: Officials need not pay back money

Managers responsible for a string of state government controversies, including secret settlements and work-from-home arrangements with three political appointees, won’t be held responsible under an Iowa taxpayer protection law because they didn’t go over budget, Gov. Branstad said.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Iowa agency taking some names off ‘do-not-hire’ list

State officials are taking an unknown number of names off the "do-not-hire" list, which has come under fire recently as workers rights advocates say the list has been applied inconsistently across state government and critics allege many people were never told they were on the list. Until last month, state leaders denied the list existed.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Settlements: Federal funds possibly used, official says

Federal money may have been commingled in at least one account used to pay some of the confidential settlements with former state employees, jeopardizing tens of millions of dollars in grants from the federal government. The 24 secret settlements amounted to more than $500,000.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: April 17, 2014

Official: ‘I didn’t lie’ in secret settlement testimony

Gov. Terry Branstad fired Mike Carroll, head of Iowa's administrative department, on Tuesday just hours after The Des Moines Register published online documents that showed Carroll provided inaccurate testimony last week about an ongoing secret settlement scandal. Carroll told the Register he didn't lie and said he was fired without even speaking with the governor.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: April 9, 2014

Source of Iowa’s secret settlement money revealed

Secret settlements to former state employees were paid from accounts that are supposed to cover construction management costs, efforts to make government buildings energy efficient and general operations, newly disclosed state records show. Meanwhile, another batch of records made public this week shows that former Gov. Chet Culver’s administration also engaged in secret settlement deals, albeit fewer than the number signed by Gov. Terry Branstad’s staff the past three years.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: April 2, 2014

Iowa’s cost of secret worker settlements tops $500,000

Newly released documents show additional costs associated with 24 secret settlements made to former Iowa state employees. Large sections of the documents were blacked out, but other sections showed thousands of dollars to provide back pay or allow the employees to convert unused sick time into cash.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Branstad discloses more secret settlements

Documents obtained by The Des Moines Register showed some former public employees who received secret settlements believed they were subjected to discrimination, inappropriate behavior and retaliation for blowing the whistle on improper bidding practices. Gov. Terry Branstad revealed that 12 state agencies have made at least 24 secret settlements with current and former workers since he resumed office in January 2011.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 25, 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad is a road warrior

A Des Moines Register review of travel records shows Gov. Branstad has traveled out of the state 23 times since late May of last year, including trips to Brazil and China. The governor's office says the trips help draw businesses to the state.

Source: Des Moines Register

Posted on: July 15, 2013