Corporate Taxes

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Against tax spin: Wealthiest benefit


In Iowa, the House tax plan offers the wealthiest 1 percent an average tax break 143 times the size of the break at the middle — while threatening services that help middle-class taxpayers and support the safety net.

Sensible improvements for Iowa taxes


Real tax reform would eliminate wasteful spending on tax breaks, transform a regressive system into one that fairly reflects ability to pay, and assure a stable revenues to fund education and other critical services.

Tax Foundation’s Waste of Time Index


All of the same problems remain with the Tax Foundation’s unreliable comparison of state business tax “climates.”

Rosy forecasts bring thorny budgets


Odd that Governor Branstad, burned so early in his tenure by overly rosy revenue estimates, would let this happen to his very own lieutenant governor as she took office.

An opportunity for Governor Reynolds


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


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?


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


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


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


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.