Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 16, 2014

Governor visits Pella following announcement of re-election

Clint Brown
Journal-Express

Pella — Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds were at Pella's Smokey Row this morning to discuss the accomplishments seen under the leadership of Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and share their vision for building Iowa's future.

Just 12 hours earlier, Branstad had announced that they will seek re-election at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in Des Moines. 

Branstad was introduced by Pella's Mayor, Jim Mueller, and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, who both commented on the Governor's recent work.

"He is working hard," Mueller said. "State government is working better than ever and the way it should be."

Reynolds echoed Mueller's statements and thinks the state is headed in the right direction with Branstad as the leader.

"Iowa's future is bright," Reynolds said. "We want to build a future Iowa can be proud of."

Branstad opened his remarks by praising the home-grown businesses in Pella. 

"We have some of our great employers in the State of Iowa right here in Pella," he said. "The centerpiece of the agenda that I presented to the general assembly 'Home Base Iowa'."

Home Base Iowa is a a private-public partnership that will advertise and promote Iowa as the place to work for military veterans and service members.

"There's a lot of talented people coming out of the service in the next five years," he said. "We want more of them to come to Iowa.     There are good job opportunities and these people have the skills for those jobs."

Branstad also commented that he was proud to serve his country in Vietnam and now the State of Iowa.

"I saw the State of Iowa going in the wrong direction," he said. "The future was looking bleaker and bleaker. I love this state and that's why I came back and ran for governor. We've restored fiscal responsibility and have transformed education."

Branstad closed with saying he looks forward to his newest battle - the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. As required under EPAct, the original RFS program (RFS1) required 7.5 billion gallons of renewable-fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2012.

"That's important for our state," he said. "This has increased farm income in our state. We believe we need to keep a robust renewable fuel standard. We're very excited about that. I am also proud to say you are going to see the biggest property tax in Iowa history over the next ten years. But you know, we aren't done yet. We have a vision for an even brighter future for the State of Iowa."

Before closing, Branstad offered up a question to the audience. 

"Are you ready to build on an even brighter future in Iowa?" he asked

The crowd responded with a round of applause.