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Connecting the dots: Tax breaks and school funding


What legislators pleading low revenues seldom admit is that their dilemma is largely self-inflicted. Revenues given away are revenues that cannot be used to invest in schools.

IFP News: Sales-tax sleight of hand in Iowa


“The precedents being set raise uncertainties for the future governance of our state.”

Iowa Sales-Tax Sleight of Hand


Aside from fiscal impacts, sales-tax proposals and actions in Iowa ignore existing law or voters’ directives, and long traditions in the way we govern ourselves.

IFP Statement: Governor diverts revenue — and attention from choices on water and schools


Economic benefits would result — perhaps more — if the penny sales tax dedicated to school infrastructure spending were not diverted, as the Governor proposes, to other purposes.

High Cost of Conformity


Legislators must decide if a boon to specific Iowans is more important than improving the lives of all Iowans with better funding of schools and other priorities with revenue otherwise lost.

Big Money, Big Companies — But Whose Benefit?


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

No taxes, big checks


“Is it a better use of taxpayers’ money to send millions in checks to profitable companies to do research they would do anyway, or to make sure schools can hire enough teachers next fall?”

Grading state graders


“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’


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.

Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break


Iowa lawmakers’ budget dilemma this year is largely self-inflicted — revenue shortfalls a product of legislators’ penchant for tax cuts over the past 20 years.