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ALEC’s ‘Tax Myths Debunked’ Misses the Mark

2/11/13

Nothing in Tax Myths actually undercuts any of the analyses or conclusions in Selling Snake Oil. Rather, the authors’ misinterpretation and misuse of our analysis only confirms the shoddiness of the research sponsored by ALEC.

Missed Opportunity for Iowa: Governor’s Address Leaves Fiscal Challenges Unresolved

2/8/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013 1-page PDF
The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement today about Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State address:
“Governor Branstad’s speech today missed an opportunity to bring a spotlight to several critical Read more

IFP News: Who Pays Taxes in Iowa?

1/30/13

“The latest findings confirm a nagging problem of inequity in Iowa’s overall tax system.”

IFP News: Selling Snake Oil to the States

11/28/12

States ranked better by ALEC for their policies actually have done worse economically.

Why We Need Serious TIF Reform

3/29/12

IFP Backgrounder (2-pg PDF)
Some strange things are happening in Iowa this year:

Residents of Davenport are paying higher county taxes so that the residents of LeClaire can have a new library, and upgrade their sewer system without having to Read more

Polk County Cities Show Problems with TIF

3/15/12

“TIF practices of some cities in Polk County demonstrate the need for reforms to refocus TIF on its core purposes, to redevelop blighted areas and promote economic development.” — Peter Fisher, Iowa Fiscal Partnership.

Support for Working Iowa Families

12/29/11

Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit: Expansion is in Order in 2012
IFP Policy Brief By Charles BrunerPolicy Brief (3-pg PDF)
The 2012 legislative session offers lawmakers a timely opportunity to review and expand Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Read more

Johnson County Examples Illustrate Problems with TIF

11/21/11

New Report Recommends Statewide Reforms to Stop Abuses
Full report plus executive summary (15-pg PDF) November 21, 2011Executive summary (2-pg PDF)Appendix (Maps by community) (9-pg PDF)News release below (2-pg PDF) 
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Poorly understood, hotly debated and often Read more

Resolving Inequities in Iowa Taxes

2/2/11

Improving Tax Treatment of Working Families with Children
IFP Policy Brief By Charles BrunerPolicy Brief (2-pg PDF)
The 2012 legislative session offers lawmakers a timely opportunity to review and expand Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A policy brief published Read more

Corporate Taxes and State Economic Growth

12/1/10

Business tax breaks turn out to be an expensive and inefficient way to attempt to stimulate a state economy.