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Governor touts state improvements in Waverly town hall meeting

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Governor Terry Branstad focused mostly on positive changes the state has made since the last legislative session at a town hall meeting in Waverly Thursday.

Almost 50 people attended a town hall meeting at City Hall where Branstad spent the majority of his hour-long visit touting the state's improvements since the last legislative session, including the shrinking unemployment rate, property tax relief, and education reform.

"We have a record number of people employed in Iowa now,"  said Branstad.

"The unemployment rate has dropped from 6.1 to 4.6 percent. We also recognize to get that many new jobs created, we're going to have to bring more people to Iowa," he said.

Branstad told people initiatives have been in place to encourage veterans to settle in Iowa, and that a program has started to help students and unemployed people learn workforce skills.

Julia Perry of Manchester attended Waverly's town hall meeting to express her concerns about mental health services.

She said her son needs 24/7 care, and because of statewide restructuring, there's no way to afford it.

"I think he needs to look at it a lot better," she said.

"It's a very serious situation. We're going to have more killings in Iowa if they keep this kind of stuff up and putting people out on the streets or not giving them what they need," she said.

Branstad told Perry he understands the frustrations with the restructuring of mental health services, but that he believes the state is doing the right thing during the transition period.

Branstad also held a town hall meeting in Oelwein on Thursday.

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