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Research Archives for 2012

IFP News: Selling Snake Oil to the States

11/28/12

States ranked better by ALEC for their policies actually have done worse economically.

Iowa JobWatch: Public job losses hit Iowa performance

10/19/12

Nonfarm jobs fall by 4,200; jobless rate also drops, to 5.2 Percent
IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 19, 2012) — Iowa Workforce Development today reported that the state unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in September from 5.5 percent in August Read more

Osterberg: Reduced funding impedes DNR’s ability to do its job

7/31/12

DNR staff members work hard with the limited resources they have. Inadequacies at DNR on water-quality enforcement stem from the agency not getting the resources to do its job.

Early Childhood Boosts Economy, But Iowa Spends More on Biz Breaks

4/19/12

Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed at short-term job gains instead of long-term investments in our economy.
Read IFP policy brief by Lily French or download 5-pg PDF 4/19/12Read IFP news Read more

Iowa’s Investments in a Child’s First 2,000 Days

4/19/12

Early Childhood Education: Opportunities in Economic DevelopmentIFP Policy Brief by Lily FrenchPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF) April 19, 2012News release or 2-pg PDF April 19, 2012
Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed Read more

Why We Need Serious TIF Reform

3/29/12

IFP Backgrounder (2-pg PDF)
Some strange things are happening in Iowa this year:

Residents of Davenport are paying higher county taxes so that the residents of LeClaire can have a new library, and upgrade their sewer system without having to Read more

Polk County Cities Show Problems with TIF

3/15/12

“TIF practices of some cities in Polk County demonstrate the need for reforms to refocus TIF on its core purposes, to redevelop blighted areas and promote economic development.” — Peter Fisher, Iowa Fiscal Partnership.

Up and Down: Regents’ Costs Rise, Funding Drops in Iowa

3/8/12

IFP Policy Brief by Andrew CannonPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF)
For decades, general recognition of broad societal dividends from public higher education has driven higher education policy and funding. Generally, those dividends have been thought of in exclusively economic terms: higher Read more