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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.

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.

Missed Opportunity for Iowa: Governor’s Address Leaves Fiscal Challenges Unresolved

2/8/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013 1-page PDF
The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement today about Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State address:
“Governor Branstad’s speech today missed an opportunity to bring a spotlight to several critical Read more

Health Reform: Right balance for small business

7/10/10

Iowa’s small businesses and their employees stand to gain in obtaining affordable health insurance through provisions in the Affordable Care Act.