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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.

More health coverage for Iowans

9/13/17

New data from the Census Bureau show more Iowans had access to health insurance, chopping uninsurance by nearly half in just three years.

AHCA: Shifting Costs to States

6/6/17

For Iowa to pick up lost Medicaid coverage for vulnerable residents if the House health proposal becomes law, it would cost the state three times what it would spend under current rules. Millions across the country would lose coverage as states would not be able to absorb the cost.

An opportunity for Governor Reynolds

5/24/17

Governor Reynolds could change the legacy of 2017 from that of the legislative session, marked by a failure of vision, and a lack of compassion, stewardship and justice. Unless we change course, 2018 could be even worse.

‘Historic’ not label of pride

4/22/17

Some legislators may boast of a “historic” session. History will mark 2017 as a low point in Iowans’ respect and care for each other, a legacy that will not be celebrated when future Iowans look back on this session and the closing act of Governor Branstad’s long tenure in office.

Tax credits: Not all same

3/21/17

The bill treats all tax credits as if they are the same. They are not. This false equivalency ignores the fact that these credits, some with refundability, were all created for different purposes and produce different results.

Income, Poverty and Health Coverage

9/15/16

Iowa’s expansion of Medicaid has increased access to health care for thousands. These latest census findings set a baseline for an evaluation of the impact of privatization of Medicaid that Governor Branstad imposed this year.

IFP End of Session Statement

4/30/16

When the 2016 session began, Iowa faced a host of critical challenges. This session has done little to ease any of the major concerns, and nothing to meet them for the long term.

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?”

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.