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Supports for Iowans during COVID-19

When we face tough times, we all need help. Here’s what you should know about the array of public benefits to help Iowans make ends meet during this crisis. Eligibility for these programs varies by immigration status. For a two-page Read more

Update: Key counties to watch

Watching the data on the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa points a spotlight at potential trouble spots ahead, particularly in rural areas. From trends evident in official data, Peter Fisher of the Iowa Policy Project has identified several counties that Read more

COVID-19: Stabilizing child care

During the best of times, many working families with young children are pushed to the brink to afford quality, reliable child care, and many providers struggle to make ends meet. Working parents and providers are among those most harmed by Read more

COVID metrics arbitrary, backward facing

To stem the spread of COVID-19, Iowa needs stronger, science-based metrics to set social distancing policy.

‘A bad idea all around’

Iowans served by Medicaid face enough challenges in our state without a new level of uncertainty added by the Trump administration.

Skimpy health plans: No solution

Farm Bureau plans aren’t the only type of skimpy coverage that could pose a threat in Iowa.

Perils of a constitutional convention


Resolutions now before the Iowa Legislature — ostensibly for specific purposes — actually could put our entire Constitution at risk.

Medicaid expansion: Boost to economy


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.

Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’


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


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.