Today, Iowa Workforce Development proposed a plan to close 39 workforce development offices, resulting in layoffs across the state.

Instead of increasing access to employment services for workers and businesses, the Governor’s plan puts up more barriers for Iowans looking for a job and businesses trying to hire new workers. This plan eliminates job development & placement assistance, interviewing skills workshops and claims assistance.

In a joint statement made today, Senator Bill Dotzler, Chair of the Senate Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Kirsten Running-Marquardt, Ranking Member of the House Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee, expressed their concerns.

“Governor Branstad’s plan is disastrous to more than 100,000 Iowans who want to rejoin the workforce. The Governor is pulling out the rug on Iowans by reducing their access to key services by closing 39 workforce development offices, mostly in rural areas. Democrats flatly reject this scheme because it targets Iowans in rural areas and small towns. We can do better.”