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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.

Fisher: Last-minute tax deal could put state services at risk

5/25/13

The property-tax reform package will be costly and will challenge cities, counties and schools to deliver what Iowans have come to expect.

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

Early Childhood Boosts Economy, But Iowa Spends More on Biz Breaks

4/19/12

Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed at short-term job gains instead of long-term investments in our economy.
Read IFP policy brief by Lily French or download 5-pg PDF 4/19/12Read IFP news Read more

Iowa’s Investments in a Child’s First 2,000 Days

4/19/12

Early Childhood Education: Opportunities in Economic DevelopmentIFP Policy Brief by Lily FrenchPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF) April 19, 2012News release or 2-pg PDF April 19, 2012
Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed Read more

Keys to Fairly Assess the Effective Return on Investment from Public Business Subsidies

1/26/10

It is critical to establish a credible way to estimate economic activity produced by any economic development program — and the degree to which the activity would have occurred anyway.