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Keeping Ahead of the Kansans

4/9/15

Tax cuts have dramatically reduced state funding for schools, health care, and other services.

More Millions for Millionaires

3/25/15

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

3/11/15

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

2/24/15

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.

No income taxes, big checks from state

2/12/15

Iowa continues to give a lot of money to companies that aren’t paying income tax.

Beyond Battelle: Let’s broaden the dialogue of Iowa economic health

1/14/15

The Battelle Report raises only the business perspective on economic development. More Iowans need an invitation to the table.

Cementing Inequity: Richest Iowans Pay Lower Tax Rate

1/14/15

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?

11/3/14

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.

Number of Poor Iowans Remains High, Income Growth Not Widely Shared

9/18/14

IOWA CITY, Iowa (September 18, 2014) — More Iowans remained in poverty four years after the recession than before, new data from the Census Bureau showed Thursday. 
The American Community Survey (ACS) indicated that 12.7 percent of Iowans — about Read more

Iowa Uninsured at 8 Percent in 2013

9/16/14

Even with better health insurance coverage than most states, a quarter of a million Iowans were without insurance in 2013. Public policies now in place — including Obamacare — should reduce that.