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Steps forward in ’14 — more ahead?


Iowa families took a couple of important steps forward in the 2014 legislative session, but those steps paled in comparison to lawmakers’ refusal to address long-term funding challenges for critical services.

Reducing Cliff Effects


Eligibility reforms can assure that child care assistance helps families who are still well below the income level needed to support basic needs.

Big Money — Whose Benefit?


Designed to support start-up companies to do research, this costly program primarily benefits very large companies, with little scrutiny.

Iowa’s Low Business Taxes


Whether we are looking at the entire range of taxes that fall on businesses or just the corporate income tax, the fact is that business taxes in Iowa are low.

State Policy and Economic Growth


Public investments require public funding. And therein lies the rub. A continual diet of tax cuts deprives state and local governments of the ability to adequately fund public services.

IFP News: Statement on Governor’s Address


Iowans cannot afford new raids on the General Fund when many public services have not been restored to pre-recession levels.

Iowa Budget Dilemma for 2014


Iowa lawmakers must recognize the long-term impact of tax cuts on spending choices. Past choices will force future legislatures to lower investments on critical services on which economic growth depends.

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


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


“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


“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.”