DONE LOOKING: Governor Not Searching For Mastermind

Iowans still don’t know whose idea it was to give two dozen dismissed state workers confidential settlements. They still don’t know if there was one mastermind.

Apparently, Governor Terry Branstad isn’t trying to find that out either.

Asked Monday if his administration was doing more fact-finding or investigating into the settlements, the governor responded, “Well, what I asked was that my staff would find out whatever secret, or whatever confidential agreements there were and we did that. And then I also asked them to prepare an executive order to prevent this from happening in the future. So we’ve taken action.”

A spokesman confirmed later the governor wants the Senate to focus on the future by passing a House bill to ban the use of future settlements.

Democrats instead are focusing much of their time looking at the past.

Tuesday, lawmakers will hold another legislative oversight hearing as they try to determine the person or people behind the efforts to expand the use of confidential settlements for state workers, as well as offering some workers additional money to remain silent about the terms of their departure.

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