“He’s like a Pac-Man gobbling up all our money,” Hatch said of Branstad. “He’s creating corporate wealth when what we need to be doing is creating more jobs.”
Hatch floated the idea of putting $100 million into something he called a “creative economy fund” that would be similar to Vision Iowa in that the state and would give money to local governments for projects.
“We could have so many more jobs created by working with communities. By partnering with communities they could create a new park, attraction or improve their downtown,” Hatch said.
When At-large City Councilman John Rowland asked Hatch what he would like to use the state’s $800 million surplus, Hatch cited a number of ideas. However, he said he wouldn’t single out an idea until he has made an official campaign announcement.