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Branstad CCU proposal surprises area legislators

posted Feb 25, 2013, 2:43 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 25, 2013, 8:58 PM ]
 | Daily Gate City (Keokuk, IA) | Friday, January 25, 2013 | 
Local legislators don’t agree with Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget item that will close the Iowa State Penitentiary’s Clinical Care Unit when the new state prison opens in Fort Madison. State Rep. Jerry Kearns, D-Keokuk, said he didn’t learn about the proposal until it was pointed out Wednesday in the governor’s budget proposal in the Des Moines Register. ….Kearns is on the Labor Committee and said while he can see why Danny Homan, president of the AFSCME Iowa Council 61, could think the change is about creating fewer union-represented state employees, Kearns said he didn’t have enough information to say that for sure.