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Grading state graders

1/18/16

“Too often, we see public officials relying on these rankings and the policy prescriptions they promote, when in fact the rankings have no predictive value for economic growth,” said Fisher.

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.

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

11/16/15

The big winners would be those with the highest incomes.

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.

Veto words ‘ring hollow’

7/2/15

Governor Branstad’s words ring hollow in his decisions to cut education funding and to prevent greater access to child care assistance.

More for Millionaires, Part II

4/20/15

The optional flat tax bill recently introduced in the Iowa House would give $26.5 million in tax cuts to people living outside the state, including almost 5,000 non-resident millionaires.

Keeping Ahead of the Kansans

4/9/15

Tax cuts have dramatically reduced state funding for schools, health care, and other services.

More Millions for Millionaires

3/25/15

Millionaires do better than low- to moderate-income taxpayers by 273 to 1 under this bill. While millionaires would receive about $8,200 apiece on average — people making $40,000 or less would average only $30 in tax savings.

Iowa’s Problem of Priorities

3/11/15

Tax cuts have consequences. In the case of the massive commercial property tax cut enacted two years ago, those consequences have become all too real.