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Governor Culver stumps for job creation

by John Wilmer

WAVERLY (KWWL) - On Wednesday Governor Culver tried to drum up support for his $750 million job creation plan.

In the past year the city of Waverly has overcome a major flood, but now it's fighting for a promising economic future. Governor Culver's infrastructure plan focuses on shovel ready projects and would create a variety of jobs.

"You need surveyors, you need engineers, you need architects, and a number of white collar jobs. In addition to that we had about 3,000 people lose their construction jobs in the state of Iowa last year so we have a work force that is ready to go," Governor Culver said.

One of Waverly's hardest hit companies is Terex Cranes. Production closed down on Monday and will not reopen until April 13th, but city administrators say the governor's plan maybe the thing that keeps this company going."

"If there is increased public infrastructure work to be done it will take heavy equipment to do it could have a positive impact on Terex." Waverly City Administrator, Dick Crayne said.

"Within eight weeks of my signature we could literally start moving dirt this summer and all fall," Governor Culver said.

The governor says one concern that may slow down the passing of his plan is how to pay for some of the projects. Some legislators want to increase the gas tax to pay for bridge and road repairs, but the governor disagrees. The governor wants to pay for it with casino revenue and bond sales.

I-Jobs is a $750 million plan to create jobs and invest in the state's infrastructure. According to the governor's plan the state will invest $250 million into transportation projects. $175 million will complete projects already scheduled throughout Iowa. Flood-related infrastructure projects not covered by FEMA will get a $150 million shot in the arm.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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