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Governor’s budget: More details needed


IFP Statement — IPP’s Peter Fisher: Eliminating federal deductibility and adding sales tax for online sales are good starts, but many reasons to question Governor Reynolds’ plan.

Kansas poses warnings for Iowa


IFP News:
Failed tax-cut experiment shows states how not to proceedNew report exposes the danger of supply-side tax-cutting by states

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 24, 2018) — A new report shows Iowa lawmakers should pay attention to the failed Read more

Opportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’


We start off the legislative session not knowing where the funding will come from to maintain the services we have, with legislative leadership locked into an agenda to drive down those services, and no real sense of how the Governor will protect long-held priorities​ of Iowans.

‘Tis the season of giveaways


The tax bill puts the rhetoric of politicians and economic charlatans to the test — a test of trickle-down economics. It has never worked and will fail again.

Senate plan hurts poor, middle


When you look beyond the early years of this plan, you see that low- and middle-income Iowans are whacked by this plan in 2027.

More debt, inequity and pain


Like the House tax bill, the Senate bill is heavily skewed to the wealthy.

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.”

A lost sense of balance


Most Iowans lose in Trump-GOP plan — in services and balance of tax benefits

By Mike Owen
Substantive, reliable analysis increasingly shows that Iowans stand to lose in the tax plan that is being rushed through the United States Read more