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Big Money, Big Companies — But Whose Benefit?

2/24/16

These figures raise serious questions about the need for state help to cover what may be normal expenses for these large, profitable companies.

Grading state graders

1/18/16

“Too often, we see public officials relying on these rankings and the policy prescriptions they promote, when in fact the rankings have no predictive value for economic growth,” said Fisher.

Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’

1/12/16

The path to advancements in education, economic stability and environmental stewardship — as well as other critical areas where strong public policy and institutions are necessary — rests on strong, strategic investments.

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

11/16/15

The big winners would be those with the highest incomes.

Poverty stubborn, income stagnant

9/17/15

The new health-coverage data show Iowans gaining both in public coverage, which would include the expansion of Medicaid resulting from the Affordable Care Act, and in private coverage.

Veto words ‘ring hollow’

7/2/15

Governor Branstad’s words ring hollow in his decisions to cut education funding and to prevent greater access to child care assistance.

More Millions for Millionaires

3/25/15

Millionaires do better than low- to moderate-income taxpayers by 273 to 1 under this bill. While millionaires would receive about $8,200 apiece on average — people making $40,000 or less would average only $30 in tax savings.

Iowa’s Problem of Priorities

3/11/15

Tax cuts have consequences. In the case of the massive commercial property tax cut enacted two years ago, those consequences have become all too real.

Balanced approach on gas tax

2/24/15

To reap the benefits of raising the gas tax while avoiding an undue burden on those with the least ability to pay, Iowa could raise the minimum wage or increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit.

Cementing Inequity: Richest Iowans Pay Lower Tax Rate

1/14/15

In Iowa as in most states, middle- and low-income people nationwide pay substantially more of their income in state and local taxes than wealthy individuals and families.