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Child’s Play: Creating a Path to the Middle Class

11/26/13

The surest pathway into the middle class is post-secondary education. Yet significant barriers stand between a low-wage worker and better education or a degree.

IFP News: Income Down, Poverty Up Since ’07

9/19/13

“Whether you’re looking at jobs, or income, or poverty, or food insecurity, we simply have not caught up with where we were before the Great Recession.”

At Doorstep to ACA Implementation, Iowa Sees Decade Drop in Coverage

9/17/13

“Iowans are less likely to receive health insurance through their jobs, a trend we have seen for some time, while private insurance has become increasingly costly.”

Fisher: All hail the CEO, the wonderful job creator

6/17/13

The CEO wanted to be a job creator, but discovered his board of directors and shareholders wanted him to focus on profits, which meant hiring as few people as possible. Workers, it seemed, could be a pain.

Expanding Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit

5/15/13

IFP Backgrounder Helping to Fill Gap between Income and Basic Needs for Working Families
Policy Brief (2-pg PDF) April 5, 2013
The Iowa General Assembly is once again considering expanding Iowa’s meager Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Cedar Rapids Read more

Fisher: With economic development, some bad ideas never die

4/29/13

Local government officials are determined to force development to happen when it can’t stand on its own, creating oversupply that hurts existing businesses. Or the private sector happily rakes in all the new incentive cash to do something it would have done anyway.

Reducing Iowa Commercial Property Taxes

4/24/13

Both proposals are costly, so they affect state services to residents, and both play to a myth about Iowa taxes on business, which are below business taxes in most states already.

Owen: State approaches incentives in upside-down fashion

4/3/13

The world is upside down when state subsidies of business are presumed to be essential, and when a leading newspaper criticizes those who dare to question it.

Owen: No proof state benefits from business giveaway

3/30/13

By Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project
It’s time for a little accountability.
Carrie Norris’ guest column (“Development initiatives have strengthened economy,” March 27) echoes business lobby cheerleading for Iowa’s research activities credit (RAC). Norris, president of the Homebuilders Association of Read more

Fisher: Heightened concern about business tax incentives

2/24/13

By Peter Fisher, Iowa Policy Project
Headlines in last weekend’s editions of The Gazette say so much: •  “State leaders didn’t do their homework” (Feb. 16 column by Jennifer Hemmingsen). •  “State’s business lures don’t measure the net catch” (Feb. Read more