Gov. Terry E. Branstad today expressed disappointment that Iowa House Democrats decided to play politics with the "Connect Every Iowan Act" jeopardizing Iowans' livelihood and jobs in underserved areas of the state.
After watching the Iowa House Democrats pull a page out of the Washington, D.C., playbook, Gov. Branstad issued the following statement:
"We know increasing Iowans' access to broadband technology would allow for rural businesses to connect to the global marketplace. With increased access and adoption, more jobs can be created and family incomes will increase. Rather than coming together to pass common sense legislation to increase broadband access in rural Iowa, Iowa House Democrats have turned their backs on rural Iowans and those who are underserved. Today, the Iowa House Democrats played the worst of political cards; the Washington, D.C., hand of ignoring what is in the best interest of the taxpayers for political purposes."