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Research Archives for 2018

Senate: Rising inequity, less revenue

2/28/18

Overall the Senate plan would erode revenues, create structural budget deficits for years to come, and force cuts certain to imperil Iowa’s basic infrastructure and traditionally accepted responsibilities for its residents.

Cliff ahead: Learn from Kansas

2/22/18

Despite chronic revenue shortfalls that have forced a series of mid-year budget cuts, senators are moving a tax-cut bill forward without even an analysis of its impact.

Give tax plans full review

2/21/18

Neither fairness nor adequate funding of state services appear to be the focus of either bill, but let’s give serious analysis a chance.

Big companies erase Iowa taxes — take millions in state checks

2/15/18

Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy cost Iowa taxpayers $66.1 million in 2017, with very large companies once again the biggest beneficiaries and taking at least $38 million in checks from the state without paying any state income tax.

Kansas poses warnings for Iowa

1/24/18

IFP News:
Failed tax-cut experiment shows states how not to proceedNew report exposes the danger of supply-side tax-cutting by states

 
IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 24, 2018) — A new report shows Iowa lawmakers should pay attention to the failed Read more

Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’

1/10/18

We start off the legislative session not knowing where the funding will come from to maintain the services we have, with legislative leadership locked into an agenda to drive down those services, and no real sense of how the Governor will protect long-held priorities​ of Iowans.

Get facts on school funding

1/8/18

Iowa’s real performance on school funding is not close to what the Governor is advertising.

Senate plan hurts poor, middle

11/20/17

When you look beyond the early years of this plan, you see that low- and middle-income Iowans are whacked by this plan in 2027.

A lost sense of balance

10/4/17

Most Iowans lose in Trump-GOP plan — in services and balance of tax benefits

 
By Mike Owen
Substantive, reliable analysis increasingly shows that Iowans stand to lose in the tax plan that is being rushed through the United States Read more

Budget: No rose-colored glasses

9/20/17

Iowans need to keep their eye on the ball, and not through rose-colored glasses. We need to be aware of our challenges ahead, the very real cuts to education we have seen, and the prospect of cuts in Medicaid and access to health care.