PRISON UNVEILED: Branstad Unhappy With Financing

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Governor Branstad officially unveiled the first of two new state prisons, Monday.

This $85-million upgrade to the Iowa Correctional Facility for Women in Mitchellville is designed to be a more open and a more hi-tech prison.

The governor says the improvements will require fewer staff members.

Former Governor Chet Culver used the I-JOBS bonding plan to help pay for the prison.

While Governor Branstad thinks the new prison is a good facility, he thinks it was wrong to take on debt the way Culver did.

“Unfortunately, we’re using that to pay back over 25-years, $55-million a year over 25-years and I think most Iowans think that this kind of debt doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Branstad said.

Governor Branstad will hold a ribbon-cutting for the new $132-million Iowa State Penitentiary In Fort Madison, Wednesday.

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