Ten years of balanced analysis
For 10 years, two organizations have stood together to help Iowans see the stakes for their families in good public policy.
Back then, these two nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations — the Iowa Policy Project (IPP) in Iowa City and the Child & Family Policy Center (CFPC) in Des Moines — merged their common state policy work under one banner, the Iowa Fiscal Partnership (IFP).
We focus on better informed and well-targeted state policies to provide adequate public services and better economic opportunity to more Iowans, particularly those at low incomes who have been pushed back, held down or shut out. IFP draws upon the expertise in various areas of policy work by IPP and CFPC. In short, it takes money — appropriately and equitably generated — to provide services necessary for the common good.
Success has many parents, but we can safely say that because of IFP:
- Iowa’s Earned Income Tax Credit is twice as large as it was just a few short years ago, benefiting more families and boosting the economy.
- There is new scrutiny on spending on tax subsidies for large corporations that pay little or no income tax in Iowa.
- Iowa policymakers and advocates know more about who pays taxes in our state, and can identify exaggerated or false claims when they are made.
- Work supports — such as child care assistance — are shown to make work pay for Iowa families, and to help the economy and family prosperity.
In our 10 years, a variety of circumstances shaped the political climate in which we work — governors of both parties, legislatures under divided leadership or full control of one political party. Serious attention to issues means not being distracted by who has or who does not have the reins of power. Our business is the arena of issues, not of party politics. In this, we are not alone.
Inside the state, good advocacy groups work tirelessly for Iowans’ best interests — on family budgets, on education, on health and nutrition, on child care, on clean air and water, and on safe neighborhoods. They want the independent analysis that sets our work apart, so they can make their case to their elected officials. Likewise, media quote our work for information and perspective — and the policymakers themselves use our reports in debate and decisionmaking.
IFP has been for these past 10 years a proud member of what has been known as the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, which has grown to 41 states and this summer took on a new name: the State Priorities Partnership.
Our Iowa Fiscal Partnership is proud to be a part of this new national partnership of organizations focused on “the fight for a just and equitable America.” There is no better place to be.
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