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When Iowa Wages Fall Short, Do Policy Choices Fill the Gap?

11/3/14

Over half the jobs in Iowa pay less than what is needed by many families to achieve basic self-sufficiency. Work support programs are important — but “cliffs” in those programs can send a family’s total resources plummeting with even a small increase in income.

Number of Poor Iowans Remains High, Income Growth Not Widely Shared

9/18/14

IOWA CITY, Iowa (September 18, 2014) — More Iowans remained in poverty four years after the recession than before, new data from the Census Bureau showed Thursday. 
The American Community Survey (ACS) indicated that 12.7 percent of Iowans — about Read more

Food insecurity: 1 in 9 Iowa households

9/4/14

Iowans with very low food security — their families’ lives disrupted by a lack of resources for food — rose by about half from 2001-03 to 2011-13.

Steps forward in ’14 — more ahead?

5/7/14

Iowa families took a couple of important steps forward in the 2014 legislative session, but those steps paled in comparison to lawmakers’ refusal to address long-term funding challenges for critical services.

Reducing Cliff Effects

3/13/14

Eligibility reforms can assure that child care assistance helps families who are still well below the income level needed to support basic needs.

Big Money — Whose Benefit?

3/6/14

Designed to support start-up companies to do research, this costly program primarily benefits very large companies, with little scrutiny.

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.

State Policy and Economic Growth

1/22/14

Public investments require public funding. And therein lies the rub. A continual diet of tax cuts deprives state and local governments of the ability to adequately fund public services.

IFP News: Statement on Governor’s Address

1/14/14

Iowans cannot afford new raids on the General Fund when many public services have not been restored to pre-recession levels.

Iowa Budget Dilemma for 2014

1/13/14

Iowa lawmakers must recognize the long-term impact of tax cuts on spending choices. Past choices will force future legislatures to lower investments on critical services on which economic growth depends.