Office of the Governor of Iowa

Governor Branstad

15% Reduction in the Cost of Government

My goal to reduce the cost of government by 15 percent will include the use of new technologies and efficiencies that allow for governmental savings. I also will return government to a pay-as-you-go basis. Bonding for today’s projects, and paying them off over the next 23 years at twice the cost due to interest, is wrong. Additionally, to clean up state government, I will end the use of “notwithstanding” language that allows the Legislature to circumvent the state’s 99 percent spending limitation. Our state government should not spend more than it takes in.