Research Archives for 2020

Supports for Iowans during COVID-19

When we face tough times, we all need help. Here’s what you should know about the array of public benefits to help Iowans make ends meet during this crisis. Eligibility for these programs varies by immigration status. For a two-page Read more

Update: Key counties to watch

Watching the data on the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa points a spotlight at potential trouble spots ahead, particularly in rural areas. From trends evident in official data, Peter Fisher of the Iowa Policy Project has identified several counties that Read more

COVID-19: Stabilizing child care

During the best of times, many working families with young children are pushed to the brink to afford quality, reliable child care, and many providers struggle to make ends meet. Working parents and providers are among those most harmed by Read more

Rural COVID cases growing quickly

Is official state strategy setting up rural Iowa for a coronavirus surge? UPDATED — MAY 8, 2020 — NOW 10 ‘TROUBLE SPOTS’ NOTE: The map and table below include updated data analysis by Peter Fisher, showing that now 10 counties Read more

Update: More fiscal relief needed

Reserves, existing federal aid will not cover projected revenue shortfalls in Iowa, other states.

COVID-19 threatens state, local services

A new policy brief by Peter Fisher of the Iowa Policy Project examines the challenges for state and local services that can be expected with the blow to revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. EXCERPT: One thing is clear: The Read more

IFP Statement: Disclose data, plans

It is past time to provide all Iowans with COVID-19 data, plans A new policy brief by Iowa Policy Project research director Peter Fisher examines the arbitrary and backward-facing approach of the metrics that the administration of Governor Kim Reynolds Read more

COVID metrics arbitrary, backward facing

To stem the spread of COVID-19, Iowa needs stronger, science-based metrics to set social distancing policy.

Expanding SNAP access during outbreak

Iowa can make sure families receive nutrition benefits, streamline application process in COVID-19 response.

IFP News: Giveaway costs grow

Research Activities Credit cost leaps in 2019 to record $78 million Non-taxpaying companies receive record $53 million in ‘refund’ checks IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 12, 2020) — Iowa businesses large and small made record use of the state’s generous research tax Read more