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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.

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.

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.

Ten years of balanced analysis

8/26/14

Serious attention to issues means not being distracted by who has or who does not have the reins of power. Our business is the arena of issues, not of party politics.

Big Money — Whose Benefit?

3/6/14

Designed to support start-up companies to do research, this costly program primarily benefits very large companies, with little scrutiny.

Iowa Budget Dilemma for 2014

1/13/14

Iowa lawmakers must recognize the long-term impact of tax cuts on spending choices. Past choices will force future legislatures to lower investments on critical services on which economic growth depends.

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.

IFP Statement: Tax Credit Review Panel ‘Did Its Job’

1/8/10

“The Governor’s Tax Credit Review Committee … took an important step to make Iowa business subsidies more accountable and transparent.”

Leveling the Playing Field

4/11/07

Plugging tax loopholes — an old issue that hangs around in Iowa, not addressed. Good time to look back at an IFP report on how Iowa could save millions every year.