Research Archives for 2020

Back to business at Statehouse

How Iowa could best use relief funds as legislators prepare to resume the 2020 session June 3.

Supports for Iowans during COVID-19

An array of public benefits are available to help Iowans make ends meet during this crisis.

Update: Key counties to watch

Watching the data on the spread of COVID-19 points a spotlight at potential trouble spots, particularly in rural Iowa.

COVID-19: Stabilizing child care

Iowa has taken some good first steps on child care, but much more is needed during this unprecedented crisis.

Rural COVID cases growing quickly

Is official state strategy setting up rural Iowa for a coronavirus surge? UPDATED — MAY 8, 2020 — NOW 10 ‘TROUBLE SPOTS’ NOTE: The map and table below include updated data analysis by Peter Fisher, showing that now 10 counties Read more

Update: More fiscal relief needed

Reserves, existing federal aid will not cover projected revenue shortfalls in Iowa, other states.

COVID-19 threatens state, local services

A new policy brief by Peter Fisher of the Iowa Policy Project examines the challenges for state and local services that can be expected with the blow to revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. EXCERPT: One thing is clear: The Read more

IFP Statement: Disclose data, plans

It is past time to provide all Iowans with COVID-19 data, plans A new policy brief by Iowa Policy Project research director Peter Fisher examines the arbitrary and backward-facing approach of the metrics that the administration of Governor Kim Reynolds Read more

COVID metrics arbitrary, backward facing

To stem the spread of COVID-19, Iowa needs stronger, science-based metrics to set social distancing policy.

Expanding SNAP access during outbreak

Iowa can make sure families receive nutrition benefits, streamline application process in COVID-19 response.