Branstad Says Federal Government Slowing Job Creation

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad addresses the Linn Eagles at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on Friday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says the federal government shutdown, health care reform, and federal budget deficits make it harder to create jobs.

He says if the federal government would "get its act together and quite scaring people and businesses" Iowa would be doing better at job creation.

When elected he promised to create 200,000 new jobs in five years. He sidestepped a question Monday about whether he believes he's on track to fulfill that goal.

Branstad says the key to job creation is to convince more people to live in the state.

He told reporters in his weekly news conference he's planning on unveiling an ambitious plan in the months ahead aimed at bringing more people to Iowa with the skills to fill new jobs he's planning on creating.

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