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Research Archives for 2013

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

Iowa’s Investments in a Child’s First 2,000 Days

4/19/12

Early Childhood Education: Opportunities in Economic DevelopmentIFP Policy Brief by Lily FrenchPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF) April 19, 2012News release or 2-pg PDF April 19, 2012
Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed Read more

Why We Need Serious TIF Reform

3/29/12

IFP Backgrounder (2-pg PDF)
Some strange things are happening in Iowa this year:

Residents of Davenport are paying higher county taxes so that the residents of LeClaire can have a new library, and upgrade their sewer system without having to Read more

Polk County Cities Show Problems with TIF

3/15/12

“TIF practices of some cities in Polk County demonstrate the need for reforms to refocus TIF on its core purposes, to redevelop blighted areas and promote economic development.” — Peter Fisher, Iowa Fiscal Partnership.

Up and Down: Regents’ Costs Rise, Funding Drops in Iowa

3/8/12

IFP Policy Brief by Andrew CannonPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF)
For decades, general recognition of broad societal dividends from public higher education has driven higher education policy and funding. Generally, those dividends have been thought of in exclusively economic terms: higher Read more

Support for Working Iowa Families

12/29/11

Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit: Expansion is in Order in 2012
IFP Policy Brief By Charles BrunerPolicy Brief (3-pg PDF)
The 2012 legislative session offers lawmakers a timely opportunity to review and expand Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Read more

Johnson County Examples Illustrate Problems with TIF

11/21/11

New Report Recommends Statewide Reforms to Stop Abuses
Full report plus executive summary (15-pg PDF) November 21, 2011Executive summary (2-pg PDF)Appendix (Maps by community) (9-pg PDF)News release below (2-pg PDF) 
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Poorly understood, hotly debated and often Read more

The Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Protections

3/23/11

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