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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.

Tax Credit Reform Glass Half-Full? Maybe Some Moisture

3/17/10

Through a largely closed-door legislative process, legislators crafted a bill without public testimony or expert review and makes very minimal changes to current law. While the Governor called for action on the Tax Credit Review Panel’s recommendations to build $52 million in savings into his proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget, the legislative package rejects almost all of that panel’s recommendations.