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Research Archives for 2012

The Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Protections


One in a Series of IFP Issue SnapshotsIssue Snapshot (2-pg PDF) The Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Protections, March 23, 2011Issue Snapshot (2-pg PDF) Seniors and the Affordable Care Act, March 22, 2011Issue Snapshot (1-pg PDF) Iowa’s Small Businesses and Health Read more

Resolving Inequities in Iowa Taxes


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


Business tax breaks turn out to be an expensive and inefficient way to attempt to stimulate a state economy.

Health Reform: Right balance for small business


Iowa’s small businesses and their employees stand to gain in obtaining affordable health insurance through provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Tax Credit Reform Glass Half-Full? Maybe Some Moisture


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.

Keys to Fairly Assess the Effective Return on Investment from Public Business Subsidies


It is critical to establish a credible way to estimate economic activity produced by any economic development program — and the degree to which the activity would have occurred anyway.

IFP Statement: Tax Credit Review Panel ‘Did Its Job’


“The Governor’s Tax Credit Review Committee … took an important step to make Iowa business subsidies more accountable and transparent.”

‘Single Factor’ to Consider


Closing tax loopholes with combined reporting provides accountability on taxes, poses no impediment to businesses locating in the state, and offers no incentive to move to one of the dwindling number of non-combined reporting states.

Leveling the Playing Field


Plugging tax loopholes — an old issue that hangs around in Iowa, not addressed. Good time to look back at an IFP report on how Iowa could save millions every year.