DES MOINES, IA. -- House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Culver’s plan to create a Misclassification Unit to enforce the hiring of independent contractors:
“Two weeks ago the governor was forced to implement across the board budget cuts. Then last week his own department heads asked to increase their budgets by 5.7 percent. Now the governor wants to spend almost $1 million on a task force. During this time of economic uncertainty, the governor should be looking for ways to save taxpayer dollars, not spend more of them.
"I am amazed that the governor doesn't think the 2,600 new state employees he authorized in the last 2 years are enough. Further, these additions the governor proposes are being made to address an issue that I have yet to receive a single constituent contact on."
Editor's Note: Don't you just love how Democrats invent problems? The Governor wants to spend big bucks in creating a new government unit - bigger government, more bureaucracy - for which there is no real problem, GEE, what a surprise...... In a quick review of the Iowa Workforce Development website there are just two complaints on this issue. TWO. Where is this supposed widespread problem? Two formal complaints and that warrants a new $1 million government unit? And that will be just the-turn-a-snowball-into-a-snowman start of it.... Elected officials aren't receiving misclassification complaints, there aren't any stories about abuses/arrests in the media, we don't hear about how the government can't handle the overload of misclassification cases.... This smells like yet another liberal excuse to grow government and raise taxes...... Send Governor Culver your displeasure
A friend of mine has long contended that the m/o for certain democrats was what he calls, "Looking for Pool Tables." Find a phony problem which needs to be solved by throwing money at it. You nailed it Bill!