OVERSIGHT HEARING: More On ‘Secret’ Settlements

Another Senate Oversight Committee hearing took place Monday afternoon.

Two meetings looking into confidential settlement agreements were scheduled, and then canceled last week.

The committee was supposed to meet on Thursday to talk to two of fired Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll’s former deputies, Doug Woodley and Paul Carlson.

The duo faced the committee Monday and were asked where the money to pay off the former workers came from. DAS CEO Doug Woodley replied the payments came from individual departments and their operating budgets.

“For example in the design and construction area consists of what it takes to operate that organization so anyone impacted in that area for example would be paid from that area moving forward,” Woodley said.

Governor Branstad responded to the committee’s hearing saying Democrats should focus on things other than the secret settlements.

When asked about the hearings during a morning press conference, the governor called the investigation partisanship at its worst.

“That’s not fair and it’s not courteous.  I believe that we need to, and we’re trying to do everything we can to cooperate and make sure that the public gets the info they need. The thing that troubles me is that some people are just interested in politics, I’m interested in better public policy,” says Branstad.

Branstad says the legislative session should be adjourned by now, and there are other priorities Iowa lawmakers should be focused on, like passing a budget that’s balanced instead of playing partisan politics.

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