Economic Security

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Grading state graders


“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.

Another view: Iowa’s ‘Condition’


The path to advancements in education, economic stability and environmental stewardship — as well as other critical areas where strong public policy and institutions are necessary — rests on strong, strategic investments.

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity


The big winners would be those with the highest incomes.

Poverty stubborn, income stagnant


The new health-coverage data show Iowans gaining both in public coverage, which would include the expansion of Medicaid resulting from the Affordable Care Act, and in private coverage.

Veto words ‘ring hollow’


Governor Branstad’s words ring hollow in his decisions to cut education funding and to prevent greater access to child care assistance.

More Millions for Millionaires


Millionaires do better than low- to moderate-income taxpayers by 273 to 1 under this bill. While millionaires would receive about $8,200 apiece on average — people making $40,000 or less would average only $30 in tax savings.

Iowa’s Problem of Priorities


Tax cuts have consequences. In the case of the massive commercial property tax cut enacted two years ago, those consequences have become all too real.

Balanced approach on gas tax


To reap the benefits of raising the gas tax while avoiding an undue burden on those with the least ability to pay, Iowa could raise the minimum wage or increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit.

Cementing Inequity: Richest Iowans Pay Lower Tax Rate


In Iowa as in most states, middle- and low-income people nationwide pay substantially more of their income in state and local taxes than wealthy individuals and families.

When Iowa Wages Fall Short, Do Policy Choices Fill the Gap?


Over half the jobs in Iowa pay less than what is needed by many families to achieve basic self-sufficiency. Work support programs are important — but “cliffs” in those programs can send a family’s total resources plummeting with even a small increase in income.