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Iowa governor to veto

Culver will veto bills broadening unior rights, officials salaries

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said he will veto measures broadening public union bargaining rights and raising salaries of elected officials.

Culver said Wednesday he made his decisions after hearing from thousands of Iowans and coming to the conclusion that the measures "would not be in the best interest of taxpayers."

Culver’s decision about the bargaining bill came after weeks of speculation about whether the Democratic governor would sign the bill. Unions pushed hard for the measure, which was narrowly approved by Democratic majorities in both chambers.

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The pay increase bill would have given Culver a raise of about 10 percent to $142,500 annually.

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