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Iowa Sales-Tax Sleight of Hand

3/10/16

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

3/8/16

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.

Big Money, Big Companies — But Whose Benefit?

2/24/16

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

2/15/16

“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

1/18/16

“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’

1/12/16

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.

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

11/16/15

The big winners would be those with the highest incomes.

Poverty stubborn, income stagnant

9/17/15

The new health-coverage data show Iowans gaining both in public coverage, which would include the expansion of Medicaid resulting from the Affordable Care Act, and in private coverage.

Beyond Battelle: Let’s broaden the dialogue of Iowa economic health

1/14/15

The Battelle Report raises only the business perspective on economic development. More Iowans need an invitation to the table.

When Iowa Wages Fall Short, Do Policy Choices Fill the Gap?

11/3/14

Over half the jobs in Iowa pay less than what is needed by many families to achieve basic self-sufficiency. Work support programs are important — but “cliffs” in those programs can send a family’s total resources plummeting with even a small increase in income.