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Pushing local services, workers aside

4/22/19
Whatever happens on the pension side of this property tax limitation bill, Iowans should not miss the significant consequences for local public services.

Undermining democracy: local finance straitjacket

3/21/19
Despite stable city and county property taxes in Iowa, a proposal in the Legislature would impose unprecedented state control over local decisions.

Tax inequity: Iowa’s continuing story

10/17/18
Iowa stacks taxes against middle, low-income Iowans Study: New state tax law reinforces long-term trend of regressive taxes Iowa summary sheet (PDF) IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 17, 2018) — Iowa taxes its middle- and low-income families more as a share Read more

Setting the stage for cuts

3/8/18

The plan includes some desirable reforms that need not have come at the expense of essential public services that inevitably will have to be cut in the face of revenue losses. It also omits reforms that could enhance Iowa tax fairness. 

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.

Grading state graders

1/18/16

“Too often, we see public officials relying on these rankings and the policy prescriptions they promote, when in fact the rankings have no predictive value for economic growth,” said Fisher.

Here a tax break, there a tax break, everywhere a tax break

1/8/16

Iowa lawmakers’ budget dilemma this year is largely self-inflicted — revenue shortfalls a product of legislators’ penchant for tax cuts over the past 20 years.

Iowa’s Problem of Priorities

3/11/15

Tax cuts have consequences. In the case of the massive commercial property tax cut enacted two years ago, those consequences have become all too real.

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.

Iowa’s Low Business Taxes

3/5/14

Whether we are looking at the entire range of taxes that fall on businesses or just the corporate income tax, the fact is that business taxes in Iowa are low.