Research Archives for 2018

Senate: Rising inequity, less revenue


Overall the Senate plan would erode revenues, create structural budget deficits for years to come, and force cuts certain to imperil Iowa’s basic infrastructure and traditionally accepted responsibilities for its residents.

Cliff ahead: Learn from Kansas


Despite chronic revenue shortfalls that have forced a series of mid-year budget cuts, senators are moving a tax-cut bill forward without even an analysis of its impact.

Give tax plans full review


Neither fairness nor adequate funding of state services appear to be the focus of either bill, but let’s give serious analysis a chance.

Big companies erase Iowa taxes — take millions in state checks


Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy cost Iowa taxpayers $66.1 million in 2017, with very large companies once again the biggest beneficiaries and taking at least $38 million in checks from the state without paying any state income tax.

Governor’s budget: More details needed


IFP Statement — IPP’s Peter Fisher: Eliminating federal deductibility and adding sales tax for online sales are good starts, but many reasons to question Governor Reynolds’ plan.

Medicaid expansion: Boost to economy


Iowa’s decision to participate in the Medicaid expansion has not only provided health insurance coverage to tens of thousands of low-wage workers, but also provided an enormous boost to the state’s economy.