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Research Archives for 2020

Historically poor commitment to schools

3/4/20
The only “historic” note in the latest school-aid deal is the defiance of Iowa’s tradition of commitment to education.

IFP News: Breaking a trust

2/14/20
Governor’s tax plan: Breaking trust with the Trust Fund Plan offers much less than expected — and extras that voters did not seek IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 14, 2020) — Iowa voters should be getting more than Governor Kim Reynolds Read more

Breaking trust with the Trust

2/14/20
Governor's tax plan gives voters much less of what they wanted — and extras they did not seek

Pushing local services, workers aside

4/22/19
Whatever happens on the pension side of this property tax limitation bill, Iowans should not miss the significant consequences for local public services.

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

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.

RAC: Biggest players win big

4/4/18

Do these highly profitable companies need state subsidies? Would Iowa legislators choose these subsidies over funding for education, human services and public safety?

Plugging loopholes could boost revenue

3/27/18

Unlike a tax increase, combined reporting is an accountability tool assuring a state can enforce its existing tax code against tax-avoidance gimmicks.

Enhancing tax fairness for families

3/27/18

While the federal tax code works to support working families with children in making ends meet, current Iowa tax law often does just the opposite.

Perils of a constitutional convention

3/21/18

Resolutions now before the Iowa Legislature — ostensibly for specific purposes — actually could put our entire Constitution at risk.