Regents conflict could impact legislative work
DES MOINES (AP) — If two of Gov. Terry Branstad’s nominees to the Board of Regents are not confirmed by the Senate, some think the political fallout could jeopardize progress on tough issues like education spending, property tax reductions and health care.
Democratic senators said two of Branstad’s three nominees to the nine-member board that oversees Iowa’s three public universities face serious problems winning confirmation.
Board President Craig Lang, whose tenure has troubled Democrats, and Robert Cramer, a socially conservative businessman from Grimes, did not receive the backing of the Senate education committee.Branstad has been a vocal advocate for both nominees.
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