Former Governor Chet Culver weighed in on the settlements scandal Wednesday.
Channel 13 was the first to report on Monday that similar confidential deals were used during the Culver administration. During Culver’s time in office, eight confidential agreements were agreed. During Governor Branstad’s most recent administration, 24 have been approved.
In response, Culver released the following statement:
“It’s dishonest and laughable for Terry Branstad to try and make any comparison whatsoever between 320 settlements, dozens of which were done in secret, costing Iowa taxpayers more than half a million dollars, and a handful of legal agreements, entered into strictly following the state’s formal grievance process. The next thing you know, Terry Branstad will claim I was driving his Chevrolet Tahoe last year when it was doing a ‘hard 90.’”
Legislative hearings into those confidential settlements began Wednesday with some of the former state employees speaking out.
The hearings will continue Thursday with officials from the Department of Administrative Services testifying.