Research Archives for 2012

IFP News: Selling Snake Oil to the States


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

Iowa JobWatch: Public job losses hit Iowa performance

Nonfarm jobs fall by 4,200; jobless rate also drops, to 5.2 Percent IOWA CITY, Iowa (Oct. 19, 2012) — Iowa Workforce Development today reported that the state unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in September from 5.5 percent in August Read more

Osterberg: Reduced funding impedes DNR’s ability to do its job


DNR staff members work hard with the limited resources they have. Inadequacies at DNR on water-quality enforcement stem from the agency not getting the resources to do its job.

Early Childhood Boosts Economy, But Iowa Spends More on Biz Breaks

Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed at short-term job gains instead of long-term investments in our economy. Read IFP policy brief by Lily French or download 5-pg PDF 4/19/12Read IFP news Read more

Iowa’s Investments in a Child’s First 2,000 Days

Early Childhood Education: Opportunities in Economic DevelopmentIFP Policy Brief by Lily FrenchPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF) April 19, 2012News release or 2-pg PDF April 19, 2012 Iowa’s approach to economic development has been badly skewed in favor of expensive subsidies aimed Read more

Why We Need Serious TIF Reform

IFP Backgrounder (2-pg PDF) Some strange things are happening in Iowa this year: Residents of Davenport are paying higher county taxes so that the residents of LeClaire can have a new library, and upgrade their sewer system without having to Read more

Polk County Cities Show Problems with TIF


“TIF practices of some cities in Polk County demonstrate the need for reforms to refocus TIF on its core purposes, to redevelop blighted areas and promote economic development.” — Peter Fisher, Iowa Fiscal Partnership.

Up and Down: Regents’ Costs Rise, Funding Drops in Iowa

IFP Policy Brief by Andrew CannonPolicy Brief (5-pg PDF) For decades, general recognition of broad societal dividends from public higher education has driven higher education policy and funding. Generally, those dividends have been thought of in exclusively economic terms: higher Read more