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July 18, 2013

Staff cuts hit Iowa workforce agency

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Branstad vetoed some economic development funding in 2011 and closed 36 unemployment offices as part of an effort to shift to offering online services.

In 2011, a group of House and Senate Democrats joined with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to file a lawsuit against Branstad’s veto.

In 2012, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Branstad overstepped his authority.

But although lawmakers approved a new budget for Workforce Development, the closed offices were not reopened.

There are still 15 federally required, regional unemployment offices in Iowa and four state-sponsored satellite offices in Iowa City, Webster City, Fort Madison and Decorah.

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