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An opportunity for Governor Reynolds

5/24/17

Governor Reynolds could change the legacy of 2017 from that of the legislative session, marked by a failure of vision, and a lack of compassion, stewardship and justice. Unless we change course, 2018 could be even worse.

‘Historic’ not label of pride

4/22/17

Some legislators may boast of a “historic” session. History will mark 2017 as a low point in Iowans’ respect and care for each other, a legacy that will not be celebrated when future Iowans look back on this session and the closing act of Governor Branstad’s long tenure in office.

Real tax reform: What elements?

4/11/17

Reining in tax credits for businesses will not be easy — especially if Iowa policy makers cannot get past made-up arguments about Iowa taxes.

Millions more of the same

2/16/17

It is really time to examine whether this is a wise use of what legislators tell us are scarce resources.

Connecting the dots: Tax breaks and school funding

11/18/16

What legislators pleading low revenues seldom admit is that their dilemma is largely self-inflicted. Revenues given away are revenues that cannot be used to invest in schools.

High Cost of Conformity

3/2/16

Legislators must decide if a boon to specific Iowans is more important than improving the lives of all Iowans with better funding of schools and other priorities with revenue otherwise lost.

Big Money, Big Companies — But Whose Benefit?

2/24/16

These figures raise serious questions about the need for state help to cover what may be normal expenses for these large, profitable companies.

No taxes, big checks

2/15/16

“Is it a better use of taxpayers’ money to send millions in checks to profitable companies to do research they would do anyway, or to make sure schools can hire enough teachers next fall?”

Grading state graders

1/18/16

“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’

1/12/16

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.