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Branstad's veto for Iowa Workforce Development funding found unconstitutional



The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Terry Branstad did not have the authority to veto funding for Iowa Workforce Development offices last year.
For most measures approved by lawmakers, the governor must either accept or reject them entirely. On spending measures, he has line-item veto power to reject individual components of a bill.
Branstad used that power last year to close Workforce Development offices.
A lawsuit charged that he exceeded his authority. In December a Polk County judge agreed.
The Supreme Court today said that ruling was correct and the veto was unconstitutional.
Several lawmakers sued Branstad. They argued that the governor exceeded his veto power by rejecting the offices but keeping the $3 million approved to run them.
Branstad has said the case is a test of the governor's authority.


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