Research Archives for 2012

Why We Need Serious TIF Reform

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


“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

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