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Rosy forecasts bring thorny budgets

6/6/17

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.

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.

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?”

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.

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.

Keys to Fairly Assess the Effective Return on Investment from Public Business Subsidies

1/26/10

It is critical to establish a credible way to estimate economic activity produced by any economic development program — and the degree to which the activity would have occurred anyway.