(Des Moines) The Iowa Senate has approved an economic development budget that includes $2.7 million to reopen five unemployment offices in Ames, Atlantic, Denison, Clinton and Newton. They were among 36-unemployment offices closed in 2011 when Governor Terry Branstad vetoed funding amid an effot to shift to online services.
But even the Democrats that are backing the latest effort admit the Governor and Republicans, who hold the majority in the house are against it.
One Republican lawmaker says even "if the House would approve it, the Governor would veteo it." Branstad thinks the computerized systems located in access centers are a better way to go.
Currently there are 1,000 spots throughout Iowa where people searching for employment can file for unemployment, look for work or write resumes.
At least one access center worker claims that some people don't have the computer skills to reach the services they need.
April 28, 2013