Economic Security

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Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’


We start off the legislative session not knowing where the funding will come from to maintain the services we have, with legislative leadership locked into an agenda to drive down those services, and no real sense of how the Governor will protect long-held priorities​ of Iowans.

‘Tis the season of giveaways


The tax bill puts the rhetoric of politicians and economic charlatans to the test — a test of trickle-down economics. It has never worked and will fail again.

Senate plan hurts poor, middle


When you look beyond the early years of this plan, you see that low- and middle-income Iowans are whacked by this plan in 2027.

More debt, inequity and pain


Like the House tax bill, the Senate bill is heavily skewed to the wealthy.

Against tax spin: Wealthiest benefit


In Iowa, the House tax plan offers the wealthiest 1 percent an average tax break 143 times the size of the break at the middle — while threatening services that help middle-class taxpayers and support the safety net.

Tax Foundation’s Waste of Time Index


All of the same problems remain with the Tax Foundation’s unreliable comparison of state business tax “climates.”

A lost sense of balance


Most Iowans lose in Trump-GOP plan — in services and balance of tax benefits

By Mike Owen
Substantive, reliable analysis increasingly shows that Iowans stand to lose in the tax plan that is being rushed through the United States Read more

Budget: No rose-colored glasses


Iowans need to keep their eye on the ball, and not through rose-colored glasses. We need to be aware of our challenges ahead, the very real cuts to education we have seen, and the prospect of cuts in Medicaid and access to health care.

More health coverage for Iowans


New data from the Census Bureau show more Iowans had access to health insurance, chopping uninsurance by nearly half in just three years.

Focus on fixing insurance exchange


The problems with the insurance exchange in Iowa are fixable — and not a good excuse to fund tax cuts to the wealthy by forcing tens of thousands of Iowans off health insurance.