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The only “historic” note in the latest school-aid deal is the defiance of Iowa’s tradition of commitment to education.

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Supports for Iowans during COVID-19

5/19/20
An array of public benefits are available to help Iowans make ends meet during this crisis.

COVID-19: Stabilizing child care

5/8/20
Iowa has taken some good first steps on child care, but much more is needed during this unprecedented crisis.

Update: More fiscal relief needed

5/1/20
Reserves, existing federal aid will not cover projected revenue shortfalls in Iowa, other states.

IFP Statement: Disclose data, plans

4/4/20
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

4/4/20
To stem the spread of COVID-19, Iowa needs stronger, science-based metrics to set social distancing policy.

Expanding SNAP access during outbreak

4/3/20
Iowa can make sure families receive nutrition benefits, streamline application process in COVID-19 response.

IFP News: Giveaway costs grow

3/12/20
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

Historically poor commitment to schools

3/4/20
The only “historic” note in the latest school-aid deal is the defiance of Iowa’s tradition of commitment to education.

IFP News: Breaking a trust

2/14/20
Governor’s tax plan: Breaking trust with the Trust Fund Plan offers much less than expected — and extras that voters did not seek IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 14, 2020) — Iowa voters should be getting more than Governor Kim Reynolds Read more

Breaking trust with the Trust

2/14/20
Governor's tax plan gives voters much less of what they wanted — and extras they did not seek