Governor Chet Culver is not saying which bills or parts of bills might get the ax today — which is the deadline to sign legislation into law. Culver has been traveling the state today for a series of public bill signings and was asked at a stop in Des Moines if there were bills he was going to veto.
Culver said he would fill reporters in with all the details, "and if I had some additional news for you, I’d share it with you." One of the key bills left before Culver is call the "standings" bill. The bill includes money for standing issues such as state employee salaries, but also had several other items added to it before the legislature adjourned in the early morning hours.
Culver was asked if his comments mean he would sign the standings bill as it is. "I didn’t say that, I am still going through the standings bill and will have something to say on particular parts to that bill," Culver says. Culver says the most time consuming part of his job right now is going through the bills line-by-line.
The governor signed a portion of the I-JOBS bill during his Des Moines stop that will provide $750,000 dollars for the riverwalk project in the capital city. Culver has been criticized for borrowing the $830-million that includes the I-JOBS program during a down economy. Culver defended the move again today.
Culver says the scary thing would have been to not pass the bill and create the state’s own economic stimulus package. He says the money will be a bonus to get the state’s economy turned around. Culver says Iowa will be fighting with other states to get back on top in the economic recovery. Culver has until midnight tonight to sign or veto bills.