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Against tax spin: Wealthiest benefit

11/6/17

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

10/19/17

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

10/17/17
All of the same problems remain with the Tax Foundation's unreliable comparison of state business tax “climates.”

Repealing ACA: Pushing thousands of Iowans to the brink

1/19/17

Repealing the ACA without an adequate replacement jeopardizes the health care coverage and economic well-being of the most vulnerable Iowans.

IFP News: Sales-tax sleight of hand in Iowa

3/10/16

“The precedents being set raise uncertainties for the future governance of our state.”

Iowa Sales-Tax Sleight of Hand

3/10/16

Aside from fiscal impacts, sales-tax proposals and actions in Iowa ignore existing law or voters’ directives, and long traditions in the way we govern ourselves.

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.

Don’t compound Iowa tax inequity

11/16/15
The big winners would be those with the highest incomes.

More for Millionaires, Part II

4/20/15

The optional flat tax bill recently introduced in the Iowa House would give $26.5 million in tax cuts to people living outside the state, including almost 5,000 non-resident millionaires.

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.