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

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More debt, inequity and pain

11/14/17

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

Against tax spin: Wealthiest benefit

11/6/17

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.

Sensible improvements for Iowa taxes

10/19/17

Real tax reform would eliminate wasteful spending on tax breaks, transform a regressive system into one that fairly reflects ability to pay, and assure a stable revenues to fund education and other critical services.

Tax Foundation’s Waste of Time Index

10/17/17

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

A lost sense of balance

10/4/17

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

9/20/17

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.

Rosy forecasts bring thorny budgets

6/6/17

Odd that Governor Branstad, burned so early in his tenure by overly rosy revenue estimates, would let this happen to his very own lieutenant governor as she took office.

An opportunity for Governor Reynolds

5/24/17

Governor Reynolds could change the legacy of 2017 from that of the legislative session, marked by a failure of vision, and a lack of compassion, stewardship and justice. Unless we change course, 2018 could be even worse.

‘Historic’ not label of pride

4/22/17

Some legislators may boast of a “historic” session. History will mark 2017 as a low point in Iowans’ respect and care for each other, a legacy that will not be celebrated when future Iowans look back on this session and the closing act of Governor Branstad’s long tenure in office.

Real tax reform: What elements?

4/11/17

Reining in tax credits for businesses will not be easy — especially if Iowa policy makers cannot get past made-up arguments about Iowa taxes.