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Reynolds talks jobs, minimum wage, and session successes in sit-down interview

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Iowa's Lieutenant Governor has been crisscrossing the state promoting Governor Terry Branstad's economic initiatives. Kim Reynolds sat down with News Four for a candid conversation about the Governor's goals.

Critics say Branstad’s legislative agenda, which includes a tuition freeze at the state-run universities, doesn't go far enough.

"Oh, I don't think he's playing it safe,” Reynolds said.

There's a conversation going on in Iowa and nationally about the minimum wage. Reynolds said that’s not the administration’s focus.

“What we support is bringing high quality jobs to the state of Iowa. They can't find workers, so they're not even paying the minimum wage, they're paying quite a bit above that. We're focused on growing the economy, wealth creation, bringing great jobs to the state of Iowa," she stated.

When they ran for office, Reynolds and Branstad promised 200,000 jobs in five years, but will they reach that goal?

"We've created 130,000 new jobs, so we're well on our way to meeting our objective,” said Reynolds.

However, the state has also lost jobs along the way.

"You always lose some too, that's just a reality. But, when you think about, when we took office there were 100,000 Iowans unemployed. Even at 4.2% unemployment, we're not happy with that, we're going to continue to do everything we can to drive that number down,” explained Reynolds.

One success this session was the Governor's anti-bullying initiative, which he tried to get passed last year.

"We've really had a great conversation, a great dialogue. We've brought people together, and so we feel really good about the initiative this year, and it's really empowering communities and families to be engaged,” said Reynolds.

One of the Governor's key initiatives is to put Iowa's military men and women back to work.

“We want our veterans to know that Iowa is a great place to live and work,” she added.

Reynolds said the Pentagon's plan to draw down troops to their lowest levels since before World War Two will not only effect national security, but Iowa's readiness to respond to natural disasters.

Governor Branstad has signed a letter asking President Obama to reject the plan.

When asked about the next four years, Reynolds says they're focused on what's happening right now.

"Once the legislature has adjourned, then we'll put that vision together,” said Reynolds.



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