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Like Falling Off a Cliff

12/9/13

Iowans can fall off an income cliff when even a minimal pay increase costs them child care assistance — one challenge for the state’s working families.

Child’s Play: Creating a Path to the Middle Class

11/27/13

The surest pathway into the middle class is post-secondary education. Yet significant barriers block a low-wage worker from school to earn credentials or a degree. Chief among these is the high cost of child care.

Child’s Play: Creating a Path to the Middle Class

11/26/13

The surest pathway into the middle class is post-secondary education. Yet significant barriers stand between a low-wage worker and better education or a degree.

IFP News: Income Down, Poverty Up Since ’07

9/19/13

“Whether you’re looking at jobs, or income, or poverty, or food insecurity, we simply have not caught up with where we were before the Great Recession.”

At Doorstep to ACA Implementation, Iowa Sees Decade Drop in Coverage

9/17/13

“Iowans are less likely to receive health insurance through their jobs, a trend we have seen for some time, while private insurance has become increasingly costly.”

IFP News: Food Insecurity Trends Rising in Iowa

9/4/13

While Congress fails to resolve a stalemate on food assistance and the Farm Bill, long-term trends show hunger rising in Iowa.

How SNAP Hits Home

6/19/13

Even without cuts in any final version of the Farm Bill, SNAP beneficiaries will see significant reductions this November with the expiration of a temporary benefit boost from the Recovery Act — a $28 million cut affecting 400,000 Iowans.

Fisher: Last-minute tax deal could put state services at risk

5/25/13

The property-tax reform package will be costly and will challenge cities, counties and schools to deliver what Iowans have come to expect.

Expanding Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit

5/15/13

IFP Backgrounder Helping to Fill Gap between Income and Basic Needs for Working Families
Policy Brief (2-pg PDF) April 5, 2013
The Iowa General Assembly is once again considering expanding Iowa’s meager Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Cedar Rapids Read more

How the EITC Hits Home

5/14/13

In over 200,000 Iowa households, working families are helped by the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Iowa’s state EITC extends the benefit and lessens the likelihood that a low-income family will have to pay state income tax when they don’t make enough to pay federal income tax. The state EITC is 7 percent of the federal credit, and it is refundable.