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Food insecurity: 1 in 9 Iowa households

9/4/14

Iowans with very low food security — their families’ lives disrupted by a lack of resources for food — rose by about half from 2001-03 to 2011-13.

Steps forward in ’14 — more ahead?

5/7/14

Iowa families took a couple of important steps forward in the 2014 legislative session, but those steps paled in comparison to lawmakers’ refusal to address long-term funding challenges for critical services.

How the EITC Hits Home

4/30/14

Across Iowa, the EITC benefits a significant share of households.

Reducing Cliff Effects

3/13/14

Eligibility reforms can assure that child care assistance helps families who are still well below the income level needed to support basic needs.

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.

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.

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.