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IFP Statement: Disclose data, plans

4/4/20
It is past time to provide all Iowans with COVID-19 data, plans A new policy brief by Iowa Policy Project research director Peter Fisher examines the arbitrary and backward-facing approach of the metrics that the administration of Governor Kim Reynolds Read more

COVID metrics arbitrary, backward facing

4/4/20
To stem the spread of COVID-19, Iowa needs stronger, science-based metrics to set social distancing policy.

Expanding SNAP access during outbreak

4/3/20
Iowa can make sure families receive nutrition benefits, streamline application process in COVID-19 response.

IFP News: Giveaway costs grow

3/12/20
Research Activities Credit cost leaps in 2019 to record $78 million Non-taxpaying companies receive record $53 million in ‘refund’ checks IOWA CITY, Iowa (March 12, 2020) — Iowa businesses large and small made record use of the state’s generous research tax 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

‘A bad idea all around’

1/31/20
Iowans served by Medicaid face enough challenges in our state without a new level of uncertainty added by the Trump administration.

IFP News: Not 2020 vision

1/14/20
“Iowa will never cut its way to prosperity, but the Governor persists in this contradiction of reality.”

Skimpy health plans: No solution

7/30/18
Farm Bureau plans aren’t the only type of skimpy coverage that could pose a threat in Iowa.

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.

Leveling sales-tax playing field

3/14/18

While sales tax has remained important to state and local revenues, tax policy in Iowa has not kept up with changes in the economy, particularly with online and remote sales. The Governor’s tax plan would modernize that element — but other changes could ease Iowa’s overall regressive tax structure.