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Research Archives for 2019

Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

3/21/19
Despite stable city and county property taxes in Iowa, a proposal in the Legislature would impose unprecedented state control over local decisions.

Iowa’s generous breaks on inheritance

3/12/19
Eliminating Iowa's inheritance tax would cut $90 million worth of services. Yet already, the tax does not exist for spouses, children and grandchildren.

Business breaks as usual

2/14/19
Companies received $42 million in research tax credit checks in 2018 without paying any Iowa corporate income tax.

What the Governor didn’t say

1/15/19
Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State address was upbeat, but exceedingly short on specifics of issues critical to the prosperity of Iowans.

Tax inequity: Iowa’s continuing story

10/17/18
Iowa stacks taxes against middle, low-income Iowans Study: New state tax law reinforces long-term trend of regressive taxes Iowa summary sheet (PDF) IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 17, 2018) — Iowa taxes its middle- and low-income families more as a share Read more

Data: Opportunity for family security

9/13/18
One out of nine Iowans lack basic economic security by the Census’ measure.

Skimpy health plans: No solution

7/30/18
Farm Bureau plans aren’t the only type of skimpy coverage that could pose a threat in Iowa.

Tax plan facts vs. spin

5/5/18

Agreed-to tax overhaul for Iowa means less revenue, greater inequity favoring the wealthy, while missing the mark on promised reforms for simplification and middle class.

Remember value of refundable EITC

4/27/18

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) promotes and rewards work in the state of Iowa.

Yet another loophole for Iowa?

4/24/18

Questions for Iowa before adopting the pass-through loophole need answers: Costs of $100 million-plus, benefits to wealthy — some vs. others at the same income.