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Looking Back on Branstad's Jobs Promise as He Leaves Iowa

Clay Masters
Iowa Public Radio
Governor Terry Branstad in his formal office at the Iowa Capitol in January 2017.

Governor Terry Branstad will go before a Senate Foreign Relations confirmation hearing this morning to become the next U.S. Ambassador to China. Back in 2010, he campaigned for the governorship again on a promise to add 200,000 jobs in Iowa.  We wanted to follow up on that campaign goal with Iowa State University Economist Dave Swenson, who says a governor really doesn’t have much control over gross job gains.