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Polk County Cities Show Problems with TIF

3/15/12

“TIF practices of some cities in Polk County demonstrate the need for reforms to refocus TIF on its core purposes, to redevelop blighted areas and promote economic development.” — Peter Fisher, Iowa Fiscal Partnership.

Up and Down: Regents’ Costs Rise, Funding Drops in Iowa

3/8/12

IFP Policy Brief by Andrew CannonPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF)
For decades, general recognition of broad societal dividends from public higher education has driven higher education policy and funding. Generally, those dividends have been thought of in exclusively economic terms: higher Read more

Support for Working Iowa Families

12/29/11

Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit: Expansion is in Order in 2012
IFP Policy Brief By Charles BrunerPolicy Brief (3-pg PDF)
The 2012 legislative session offers lawmakers a timely opportunity to review and expand Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Read more

Johnson County Examples Illustrate Problems with TIF

11/21/11

New Report Recommends Statewide Reforms to Stop Abuses
Full report plus executive summary (15-pg PDF) November 21, 2011Executive summary (2-pg PDF)Appendix (Maps by community) (9-pg PDF)News release below (2-pg PDF) 
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Poorly understood, hotly debated and often Read more

The Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Protections

3/23/11

One in a Series of IFP Issue SnapshotsIssue Snapshot (2-pg PDF) The Affordable Care Act’s Consumer Protections, March 23, 2011Issue Snapshot (2-pg PDF) Seniors and the Affordable Care Act, March 22, 2011Issue Snapshot (1-pg PDF) Iowa’s Small Businesses and Health Read more

Resolving Inequities in Iowa Taxes

2/2/11

Improving Tax Treatment of Working Families with Children
IFP Policy Brief By Charles BrunerPolicy Brief (2-pg PDF)
The 2012 legislative session offers lawmakers a timely opportunity to review and expand Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A policy brief published Read more

Corporate Taxes and State Economic Growth

12/1/10

Business tax breaks turn out to be an expensive and inefficient way to attempt to stimulate a state economy.

Health Reform: Right balance for small business

7/10/10

Iowa’s small businesses and their employees stand to gain in obtaining affordable health insurance through provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Tax Credit Reform Glass Half-Full? Maybe Some Moisture

3/17/10

Through a largely closed-door legislative process, legislators crafted a bill without public testimony or expert review and makes very minimal changes to current law. While the Governor called for action on the Tax Credit Review Panel’s recommendations to build $52 million in savings into his proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget, the legislative package rejects almost all of that panel’s recommendations.

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.