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Governor Branstad Says Governors Should Earn More Money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   Gov. Terry Branstad is proposing increasing salaries for future Iowa elected officials, but the bill appears unlikely to get support in the Legislature.
   Branstad's measure was sent Wednesday to the state House and Senate. It includes provisions to raise pay for future elected officials, as well as funding for raises for union-represented workers.
   Under the plan, the next governor's salary would rise from the current $130,000 to $141,710.
   Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Tyler Olson, a state representative from Cedar Rapids, criticized the proposal, saying the governor is "out of touch."
   Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says Thursday the salary boost would apply to the winner of the 2014 governor's race. He notes that Branstad hasn't announced whether he'll seek re-election.
   Legislative leaders say the bill is unlikely to advance.

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