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‘A bad idea all around’

1/31/20
Iowans served by Medicaid face enough challenges in our state without a new level of uncertainty added by the Trump administration.

IFP News: Not 2020 vision

1/14/20
“Iowa will never cut its way to prosperity, but the Governor persists in this contradiction of reality.”

Bad trend: Tuition share doubles

10/24/19
In 30 years, the share of public higher-education financed by tuition has doubled in Iowa. Meanwhile, total state support for higher education fell 22 percent.

Pushing local services, workers aside

4/22/19
Whatever happens on the pension side of this property tax limitation bill, Iowans should not miss the significant consequences for local public services.

Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

3/21/19
Despite stable city and county property taxes in Iowa, a proposal in the Legislature would impose unprecedented state control over local decisions.

Tax inequity: Iowa’s continuing story

10/17/18
Iowa stacks taxes against middle, low-income Iowans Study: New state tax law reinforces long-term trend of regressive taxes Iowa summary sheet (PDF) IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 17, 2018) — Iowa taxes its middle- and low-income families more as a share Read more

Skimpy health plans: No solution

7/30/18
Farm Bureau plans aren’t the only type of skimpy coverage that could pose a threat in Iowa.

Remember value of refundable EITC

4/27/18

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) promotes and rewards work in the state of Iowa.

Yet another loophole for Iowa?

4/24/18

Questions for Iowa before adopting the pass-through loophole need answers: Costs of $100 million-plus, benefits to wealthy — some vs. others at the same income.

RAC: Biggest players win big

4/4/18

Do these highly profitable companies need state subsidies? Would Iowa legislators choose these subsidies over funding for education, human services and public safety?