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Research Archives for 2016

Iowa Sales-Tax Sleight of Hand

3/10/16

Aside from fiscal impacts, sales-tax proposals and actions in Iowa ignore existing law or voters’ directives, and long traditions in the way we govern ourselves.

IFP Statement: Governor diverts revenue — and attention from choices on water and schools

3/8/16

Economic benefits would result — perhaps more — if the penny sales tax dedicated to school infrastructure spending were not diverted, as the Governor proposes, to other purposes.

High Cost of Conformity

3/2/16

Legislators must decide if a boon to specific Iowans is more important than improving the lives of all Iowans with better funding of schools and other priorities with revenue otherwise lost.

Big Money, Big Companies — But Whose Benefit?

2/24/16

These figures raise serious questions about the need for state help to cover what may be normal expenses for these large, profitable companies.

No taxes, big checks

2/15/16

“Is it a better use of taxpayers’ money to send millions in checks to profitable companies to do research they would do anyway, or to make sure schools can hire enough teachers next fall?”

Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’

1/12/16

The path to advancements in education, economic stability and environmental stewardship — as well as other critical areas where strong public policy and institutions are necessary — rests on strong, strategic investments.

Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break

1/8/16

Iowa lawmakers’ budget dilemma this year is largely self-inflicted — revenue shortfalls a product of legislators’ penchant for tax cuts over the past 20 years.

Poverty stubborn, income stagnant

9/17/15

The new health-coverage data show Iowans gaining both in public coverage, which would include the expansion of Medicaid resulting from the Affordable Care Act, and in private coverage.

Beyond Battelle: Let’s broaden the dialogue of Iowa economic health

1/14/15

The Battelle Report raises only the business perspective on economic development. More Iowans need an invitation to the table.

Cementing Inequity: Richest Iowans Pay Lower Tax Rate

1/14/15

In Iowa as in most states, middle- and low-income people nationwide pay substantially more of their income in state and local taxes than wealthy individuals and families.