Gov. Branstad’s Budget and Program Presentation to the Iowa General Assembly

Madam Lt. Governor, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Leaders, justices, judges, legislators, elected officials, distinguished guests, family, friends and fellow Iowans.

I am humbled to stand before you once again as your Governor in this, the people’s House. It is here that our forefathers set the direction of our state: educating our kids, building our roads, protecting our citizens, caring for the unfortunate. And they did so, while being careful with the tax dollars and balancing our state’s budget.

In this storied chamber, I cut my political teeth as a young state representative – learning both to advocate my position and respect my adversary.

–To disagree without being disagreeable.

–To listen, because that is the only way to learn.

Because, at the end of the day, we are all Iowans working hard to make our special state an even better place. Let us never forget why we are here: to do the people’s business as their servants with respect and dignity and good will.