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Research Archives for 2013

A $40 Million Budget Hole: Persistent and Growing

2/25/13

This tax credit is used relatively little in the way one might expect of a tax credit: to reduce taxes. Rather, the credit is used mostly to provide subsidies, sometimes in the millions of dollars, to corporations that actually pay little or no income tax.

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

IFP News: Iowa Paid $33 Million in Research Checks in 2012

2/15/13

“This report is the latest evidence of the need for reform of this poorly named ‘tax credit,’” said Charles Bruner, executive director of the Child & Family Policy Center. “The credit is used less to reduce taxes than to provide straight subsidies to big companies through the tax code, outside the budget process.”

ALEC’s ‘Tax Myths Debunked’ Misses the Mark

2/11/13

Nothing in Tax Myths actually undercuts any of the analyses or conclusions in Selling Snake Oil. Rather, the authors’ misinterpretation and misuse of our analysis only confirms the shoddiness of the research sponsored by ALEC.

Missed Opportunity for Iowa: Governor’s Address Leaves Fiscal Challenges Unresolved

2/8/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013 1-page PDF
The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement today about Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State address:
“Governor Branstad’s speech today missed an opportunity to bring a spotlight to several critical Read more

IFP News: Who Pays Taxes in Iowa?

1/30/13

“The latest findings confirm a nagging problem of inequity in Iowa’s overall tax system.”

IFP News: Selling Snake Oil to the States

11/28/12

States ranked better by ALEC for their policies actually have done worse economically.

Iowa JobWatch: Public job losses hit Iowa performance

10/19/12

Nonfarm jobs fall by 4,200; jobless rate also drops, to 5.2 Percent
IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 19, 2012) — Iowa Workforce Development today reported that the state unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in September from 5.5 percent in August Read more

Osterberg: Reduced funding impedes DNR’s ability to do its job

7/31/12

DNR staff members work hard with the limited resources they have. Inadequacies at DNR on water-quality enforcement stem from the agency not getting the resources to do its job.

Early Childhood Boosts Economy, But Iowa Spends More on Biz Breaks

4/19/12

Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed at short-term job gains instead of long-term investments in our economy.
Read IFP policy brief by Lily French or download 5-pg PDF 4/19/12Read IFP news Read more