1/16/08

Iowa Gov. wants #1 union environment in nation

Right after Iowa Gov. Chet Culver’s just-concluded state of the state speech, House Minority Leader Christopher Rants of Sioux City said he didn’t appreciate the “lecture” that ended Democrat Culver’s remarks. Culver pitched several new pieces in health care, the environment and education, but his most extended lead-up to a point came before he referenced changing the Iowa Right to Work law by enacting a “fair share” aspect.

That proposal — to allow public-service employee unions to negotiate for the right to charge a service fee to nonunion workers — passed last year in the Senate, but not House, and Culver said today it would be part of creating the best work environment for employees in the nation.

He followed that by encouraging the Republicans and Democrats to set aside partisanship and work for the common good of Iowans.

A few minutes later, Rants was interviewed by Iowa Public Television’s Dean Borg (Rants gets major props for using the words “incongruous” and “incredulous” in just three minutes of remarks). He said a fair share debate is something some House Democrats are scared of, and Republicans see it as the most divisive issue of the year.

Rants added, “I’m a little incredulous to get the lecture on civility.”

(siouxcityjournal.com)

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