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Sales Taxes

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Leveling sales-tax playing field

3/14/18

While sales tax has remained important to state and local revenues, tax policy in Iowa has not kept up with changes in the economy, particularly with online and remote sales. The Governor’s tax plan would modernize that element — but other changes could ease Iowa’s overall regressive tax structure.

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. 

IFP News: Governor’s tax cut plan sets stage for service cuts

3/7/18

Governor Kim Reynolds’ tax proposal trades massive cuts in public services for small savings for lower-income taxpayers, larger savings for high-income taxpayers and few meaningful strides toward fairness in a system that already treats the poor poorly and raises too little revenue to avoid mid-year cuts.

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.

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.

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.

IFP Statement: Governor diverts revenue — and attention from choices on water and schools

3/8/16

Economic benefits would result — perhaps more — if the penny sales tax dedicated to school infrastructure spending were not diverted, as the Governor proposes, to other purposes.

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.