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Fisher: With economic development, some bad ideas never die

4/29/13

Local government officials are determined to force development to happen when it can’t stand on its own, creating oversupply that hurts existing businesses. Or the private sector happily rakes in all the new incentive cash to do something it would have done anyway.

Reducing Iowa Commercial Property Taxes

4/24/13

Both proposals are costly, so they affect state services to residents, and both play to a myth about Iowa taxes on business, which are below business taxes in most states already.

Amid Plans to Relax Limits, Business Tax Credits Grow

4/16/13

Tax expenditures have the same overall impact on state budget choices as do direct appropriations.

Owen: No proof state benefits from business giveaway

3/30/13

By Mike Owen, Iowa Policy Project
It’s time for a little accountability.
Carrie Norris’ guest column (“Development initiatives have strengthened economy,” March 27) echoes business lobby cheerleading for Iowa’s research activities credit (RAC). Norris, president of the Homebuilders Association of Read more

A $40 Million Budget Hole: Persistent and Growing

2/25/13

This tax credit is used relatively little in the way one might expect of a tax credit: to reduce taxes. Rather, the credit is used mostly to provide subsidies, sometimes in the millions of dollars, to corporations that actually pay little or no income tax.

IFP News: Iowa Paid $33 Million in Research Checks in 2012

2/15/13

“This report is the latest evidence of the need for reform of this poorly named ‘tax credit,’” said Charles Bruner, executive director of the Child & Family Policy Center. “The credit is used less to reduce taxes than to provide straight subsidies to big companies through the tax code, outside the budget process.”

ALEC’s ‘Tax Myths Debunked’ Misses the Mark

2/11/13

Nothing in Tax Myths actually undercuts any of the analyses or conclusions in Selling Snake Oil. Rather, the authors’ misinterpretation and misuse of our analysis only confirms the shoddiness of the research sponsored by ALEC.

Missed Opportunity for Iowa: Governor’s Address Leaves Fiscal Challenges Unresolved

2/8/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013 1-page PDF
The Iowa Fiscal Partnership issued the following statement today about Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State address:
“Governor Branstad’s speech today missed an opportunity to bring a spotlight to several critical Read more

IFP News: Who Pays Taxes in Iowa?

1/30/13

“The latest findings confirm a nagging problem of inequity in Iowa’s overall tax system.”

IFP News: Selling Snake Oil to the States

11/28/12

States ranked better by ALEC for their policies actually have done worse economically.