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Governor Culver looks to stimulate the state

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by John Wilmer

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Governor Chet culver has a $750 million economic stimulus plan he says will create tens of thousands of jobs. The plan has been dubbed  I-JOBS.

"We're seeing a 25 year high in unemployment nationally. It's likely to get worse before it gets better," Governor Culver said.

The governor didn't pull any punches when it comes to the dire state of Iowa's economy, but he says his plan of rebuilding it will help

The largest portion of money, $250 million will go for transportation with $200 million going to roads and bridges, the other $50 million dollars will go to other forms of transportation. The governor's plan also includes $175 million to complete projects that have already started and $150 million for public buildings, disaster relief, mitigation projects and paying for the things that FEMA did not cover.

"More importantly these dollars will position Iowa communities to be more economically competitive by having modern infrastructure as well as greatly enhancing recreational amenities that add to our quality of life," Governor Culver said.

His plan also calls for $100 million for water quality and waste water improvement projects and $75 million for local infrastructure, broadband technology, and alternative energy infrastructure.

"It really bothers me that we have 70,000 families that are collecting unemployment and those families are counting on all of us to provide solutions, to provide them with some hope, to get a job," Culver said.

A project will be chosen based on several criteria, which includes how quickly it can be started and completed, number of jobs created and lasting impact it has on the state. 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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