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Costly frills: Extending 529 deduction

3/13/18

The proposed expansion of Iowa’s 529 program adds administrative complexity, reduces revenue for other needs, and disproportionately benefits high-income families.

Setting the stage for cuts

3/8/18

The plan includes some desirable reforms that need not have come at the expense of essential public services that inevitably will have to be cut in the face of revenue losses. It also omits reforms that could enhance Iowa tax fairness. 

Tax Policy Kit — Myth-Buster

3/5/18

Iowa is already competitive on its tax policies.

Senate: Rising inequity, less revenue

2/28/18

Overall the Senate plan would erode revenues, create structural budget deficits for years to come, and force cuts certain to imperil Iowa’s basic infrastructure and traditionally accepted responsibilities for its residents.

Give tax plans full review

2/21/18

Neither fairness nor adequate funding of state services appear to be the focus of either bill, but let’s give serious analysis a chance.

Governor’s budget: More details needed

2/13/18

IFP Statement — IPP’s Peter Fisher: Eliminating federal deductibility and adding sales tax for online sales are good starts, but many reasons to question Governor Reynolds’ plan.

Medicaid expansion: Boost to economy

2/12/18

Iowa’s decision to participate in the Medicaid expansion has not only provided health insurance coverage to tens of thousands of low-wage workers, but also provided an enormous boost to the state’s economy.

Kansas poses warnings for Iowa

1/24/18

IFP News:
Failed tax-cut experiment shows states how not to proceedNew report exposes the danger of supply-side tax-cutting by states

 
IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 24, 2018) — A new report shows Iowa lawmakers should pay attention to the failed Read more

Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’

1/10/18

We start off the legislative session not knowing where the funding will come from to maintain the services we have, with legislative leadership locked into an agenda to drive down those services, and no real sense of how the Governor will protect long-held priorities​ of Iowans.

‘Tis the season of giveaways

12/20/17

The tax bill puts the rhetoric of politicians and economic charlatans to the test — a test of trickle-down economics. It has never worked and will fail again.