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Number of Poor Iowans Remains High, Income Growth Not Widely Shared

9/18/14
IOWA CITY, Iowa (September 18, 2014) — More Iowans remained in poverty four years after the recession than before, new data from the Census Bureau showed Thursday.  The American Community Survey (ACS) indicated that 12.7 percent of Iowans — about Read more

Iowa Uninsured at 8 Percent in 2013

9/16/14

Even with better health insurance coverage than most states, a quarter of a million Iowans were without insurance in 2013. Public policies now in place — including Obamacare — should reduce that.

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.