This week marks one year since Governor Reynolds was sworn in to office, so the Iowa Democratic Party is taking a critical look at how she has handled the most pressing issues in our state.
Legislators from all over Iowa have stepped up to make sure the public is fully aware of the Reynolds Administration’s messed up priorities and mismanagement, starting with Representative Chris Hall from Sioux City:
“As the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m a watchdog for your tax dollars. Over the last year, I have been appalled at the Reynolds Administration’s lack of responsible management, and, frankly, respect for the needs of the people of Iowa.
Back in 2013, Reynolds helped push through massive tax breaks for the wealthiest special interests and corporations with the promise that those dollars would trickle down to Iowa families. Fast forward to today, Reynolds has signed hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to services like public schools, safety, and health care because her tax giveaways have not grown our economy as promised.”
To learn more about the Reynolds Budget Crisis, visit www.reynoldsbudgetcrisis.org.
On Saturday, June 23rd, the Iowa Democratic Party will hold our annual Hall of Fame Celebration with keynote speaker Governor Jay Inslee of Washington.
Under Governor Jay Inslee’s leadership, Washington state has been a beacon of progress for the nation, expanding access to voting rights, taking steps to reduce gun violence, providing paid sick and the best paid family leave policies in the nation and raising the minimum wage, all while having the strongest state economy in the nation, according to CNBC and Business Insider — a stark contrast to the dysfunction in the other Washington.
Governor Inslee also serves as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association.
The following Iowans will be honored with awards at the Hall of Fame Celebration:
Outstanding Elected Official
Outstanding SCC Member
Democratic Party Chair
Mike & Christine Weinard
WHO: Iowa Democratic Party featuring Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Hall of Fame Award Recipients
WHERE: The Meadows Events & Conference Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2018; doors open 4:00 PM, program begins 5:00 PM
A new report out today from the AP shows a problematic revolving door in the Administration of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Already facing a public outcry over her mishandling of sexual harassment within her Administration as well as her recent appointment of her father to a state government position, these latest revelations only heighten the public perception of rampant personnel mismanagement on the part of Reynolds.
Ethics experts told the AP that Reynolds’ top aide’s new job “violates the spirit of the rule,” and “will look problematic to the public.”
See below for excerpts from the AP’s story or read it online here
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds took a management job with tech giant Apple months after helping promote a $208 million incentive package for the company’s planned Iowa data center as a good deal for taxpayers.
Tim Albrecht left as Reynolds’ deputy chief of staff to begin work at Apple in March as a regional manager of strategic initiatives. Albrecht’s position is “unrelated” to the $1.3 billion complex the company is building outside Des Moines, a deal the administration negotiated, announced and defended when Albrecht was Reynolds’ senior adviser, according to the governor’s office.
Supporters of the Apple project have argued that it’s a landmark development for the fast-growing city of Waukee that will strengthen the state’s tech industry. Critics, including some economists and Democrats running for governor, have blasted the $208 million in tax breaks pledged by the city and state, saying they’re far too generous for a project that will only create 50 full-time jobs once construction is complete.
Albrecht, a longtime GOP public relations professional, was involved in planning and reviewing information for an Aug. 24 press conference in which Reynolds and Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the project to applause outside the Capitol, the governor’s office confirmed.
“Welcome to Iowa, Apple!” Albrecht tweeted along with a photo from that event, among more than two dozen tweets he sent from his personal account over a one-month period promoting the deal.
Many of those were retweets of news articles and state officials characterizing the deal as a “win-win for Iowa” and great investment.
Reynolds’ press secretary Brenna Smith said Albrecht is working in Apple’s education department, which has contracts to sell products to K-12 schools, universities and other government agencies. She said the office didn’t publicize Albrecht’s departure because it hasn’t announced personnel changes since Reynolds took office last year.
…”Albrecht’s position at Apple might be legal but will look problematic to the public,” said attorney Gary Dickey, former general counsel to Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack.
“A person who uses his state employment to financially enrich a company — and then goes to work for that company — certainly violates the spirit of the rule,” he said.
…Iowa State University economist Dave Swenson said the Apple deal comes at the expense of all other taxpayers. “As to Albrecht’s good fortune, why am I not surprised?” he said.
After Kim Reynolds signed the most extreme abortion ban in the country into law today, Iowa Democratic Party Vice Chair Andrea Phillips released the following statement:
“With a stroke of her pen, Governor Kim Reynolds just gave Iowa the most restrictive law limiting women’s health across the United States. This new law will put lives in danger. It will also potentially cost Iowa taxpayers millions of dollars in legal fees—at a time when our state budget is already in crisis thanks to Governor Reynolds’ mismanagement.
“This new unconstitutional law shows that Reynolds cares more about the extreme political special interests that fund her campaign than about the rights of women in our state. Iowa Democrats will continue to do everything we can to fight this dangerous new law and protect the health of Iowa women and families.”