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GOVERNOR PLEDGE: Military Museum To Stay Open

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The governor says he has worked out a plan to keep the Gold Star Museum in Johnston open.

“We’ve got a plan to keep it open, just like other governors have kept their national parks open like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty,” Branstad said.

The specific details of the deal haven’t been released.

National Guard officials said last week the museum would be closed Monday.

The facility is state funded  but the workers get paid with federal funds.

The governor also said he doesn’t think a special session of the legislature is necessary to deal with the shutdown’s impact on Iowa.

Gov. Branstad says it would be expensive and not in the state’s best interest.

The governor offered a little advice for the president and Congress as they work to deal with the debt limit.

“I would encourage the president and Congress to look at what we’ve done and what other governors have done to balance their budgets and make the tough decisions. Put the county back on track towards a balanced and responsible fiscal policy,” Branstad said.

The lieutenant governor says her family knows the impact of the shutdown firsthand.

Reynolds’ husband, Kevin, has been furloughed since October 1st.

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