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Like Falling Off a Cliff

12/9/13

Iowans can fall off an income cliff when even a minimal pay increase costs them child care assistance — one challenge for the state’s working families.

Child’s Play: Creating a Path to the Middle Class

11/27/13

The surest pathway into the middle class is post-secondary education. Yet significant barriers block a low-wage worker from school to earn credentials or a degree. Chief among these is the high cost of child care.

Child’s Play: Creating a Path to the Middle Class

11/26/13

The surest pathway into the middle class is post-secondary education. Yet significant barriers stand between a low-wage worker and better education or a degree.

IFP News: Income Down, Poverty Up Since ’07

9/19/13

“Whether you’re looking at jobs, or income, or poverty, or food insecurity, we simply have not caught up with where we were before the Great Recession.”

How SNAP Hits Home

6/19/13

Even without cuts in any final version of the Farm Bill, SNAP beneficiaries will see significant reductions this November with the expiration of a temporary benefit boost from the Recovery Act — a $28 million cut affecting 400,000 Iowans.

IFP Statement on 2013 Session

5/23/13

Long-term impacts of late deals may challenge local services; EITC, Medicaid expansions positive steps
IOWA CITY, Iowa (May 23, 2013) — The nonpartisan Iowa Fiscal Partnership today released the following statement about the close of the Iowa General Assembly 2013 Read more

IFP Statement: Iowa Tax Negotiations

5/16/13

Property-tax package combines EITC boost with challenges to local services
IOWA CITY, Iowa (May 16, 2013) — The nonpartisan Iowa Fiscal Partnership today released the following statement from Peter Fisher about the Iowa House-Senate conference committee report on SF295. This Read more

Expanding Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit

5/15/13

IFP Backgrounder Helping to Fill Gap between Income and Basic Needs for Working Families
Policy Brief (2-pg PDF) April 5, 2013
The Iowa General Assembly is once again considering expanding Iowa’s meager Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Cedar Rapids Read more

How the EITC Hits Home

5/14/13

In over 200,000 Iowa households, working families are helped by the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Iowa’s state EITC extends the benefit and lessens the likelihood that a low-income family will have to pay state income tax when they don’t make enough to pay federal income tax. The state EITC is 7 percent of the federal credit, and it is refundable.

Amid Plans to Relax Limits, Business Tax Credits Grow

4/16/13

Tax expenditures have the same overall impact on state budget choices as do direct appropriations.