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When Iowa Wages Fall Short, Do Policy Choices Fill the Gap?

11/3/14

Over half the jobs in Iowa pay less than what is needed by many families to achieve basic self-sufficiency. Work support programs are important — but “cliffs” in those programs can send a family’s total resources plummeting with even a small increase in income.

Number of Poor Iowans Remains High, Income Growth Not Widely Shared

9/18/14

IOWA CITY, Iowa (September 18, 2014) — More Iowans remained in poverty four years after the recession than before, new data from the Census Bureau showed Thursday. 
The American Community Survey (ACS) indicated that 12.7 percent of Iowans — about Read more

Iowa Uninsured at 8 Percent in 2013

9/16/14

Even with better health insurance coverage than most states, a quarter of a million Iowans were without insurance in 2013. Public policies now in place — including Obamacare — should reduce that.

Food insecurity: 1 in 9 Iowa households

9/4/14

Iowans with very low food security — their families’ lives disrupted by a lack of resources for food — rose by about half from 2001-03 to 2011-13.

Ten years of balanced analysis

8/26/14

Serious attention to issues means not being distracted by who has or who does not have the reins of power. Our business is the arena of issues, not of party politics.

Steps forward in ’14 — more ahead?

5/7/14

Iowa families took a couple of important steps forward in the 2014 legislative session, but those steps paled in comparison to lawmakers’ refusal to address long-term funding challenges for critical services.

How the EITC Hits Home

4/30/14

Across Iowa, the EITC benefits a significant share of households.

Reducing Cliff Effects

3/13/14

Eligibility reforms can assure that child care assistance helps families who are still well below the income level needed to support basic needs.

IFP News: Statement on Governor’s Address

1/14/14

Iowans cannot afford new raids on the General Fund when many public services have not been restored to pre-recession levels.

Iowa Budget Dilemma for 2014

1/13/14

Iowa lawmakers must recognize the long-term impact of tax cuts on spending choices. Past choices will force future legislatures to lower investments on critical services on which economic growth depends.