Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

Despite stable city and county property taxes in Iowa, a proposal in the Legislature would impose unprecedented state control over local decisions.

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Iowa’s generous breaks on inheritance

Iowa’s generous breaks on inheritance

Eliminating Iowa's inheritance tax would cut $90 million worth of services. Yet already, the tax does not exist for spouses, children and grandchildren.

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Business breaks as usual

Business breaks as usual

Companies received $42 million in research tax credit checks in 2018 without paying any Iowa corporate income tax.

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What the Governor didn’t say

What the Governor didn’t say

Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State address was upbeat, but exceedingly short on specifics of issues critical to the prosperity of Iowans.

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Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

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Iowa’s generous breaks on inheritance

Iowa’s generous breaks on inheritance

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Business breaks as usual

Business breaks as usual

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What the Governor didn’t say

What the Governor didn’t say

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  • No income taxes, big checks from the state

    Basic RGBLarge, profitable corporations receive checks from the state without paying any Iowa income tax through Iowa’s Research Activities Credit (RAC), which overall cost taxpayers $70 million in 2018. The latest annual report from the Department of Revenue on the RAC shows corporate recipients drew $55 million from the program in 2018 — with $41.8 million paid out as checks, not as tax reductions.
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    Official analysis shows a proposal in the Iowa Legislature could cost millions with no savings, but kick struggling families off food and health care support.
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