As Iowa Governor Terry Branstad revs up his campaign for re-election, he's still working on a number of goals he set for his current term.
One of the major pieces of legislation that Branstad hasn't yet pushed through centers around bullying. Legislation looked like it had a good chance to pass during the most-recent legislative session. Both the House and Senate put forward bills, but the two couldn't come to an agreement. It's one issue lawmakers plan to address next session.
Branstad credits the progress made in anti-bullying summits held between students."We've had two very successful anti-bullying summits that's brought together teachers and students and school administrators, " said Branstad. "I think we've learned a lot, and I think it's been real helpful for people to combat bullying in schools all around our state."
Another focus for Branstad before his term ends is job growth. Three years ago, Branstad set an ambitious goal to create 200,000 new jobs in five years. In just the last three years, Branstad says his administration has helped create 120,000 jobs.
He says statewide unemployment is down 30%, which has put Iowa at the 7th lowest in the nation. Branstad believes he's got a good start, but he's not finished yet. "Every county in Iowa has seen a reduction in unemployment and more good jobs created," said Branstad. "But we're not done. We've got more we want to do and we're committed to doing that."
Branstad is running against Democrat Jack Hatch. The general election is November 4th.
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