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Veto Words ‘Ring Hollow’

The Iowa Fiscal Partnership recently released a statement that was critical of Governor Branstad’s decision to cut education funding and veto legislation that would have expanded eligibility for child care assistance. According to the statement, these decisions will harm low- and moderate-income Iowans and have negative consequences for the state’s public schools. Governor Branstad vetoed …

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‘Tis the Season of Giveaways

For the past few weeks, there has been a heated debate about the tax bill in Washington D.C. Despite long negotiations, the final outcome remains the same: Congress is helping the rich and large businesses while the poorest members are left without any help. This legislation will undoubtedly have a negative impact on Iowa and …

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Setting the stage for service cuts

The Iowa General Assembly has kicked off with a primary focus on tax reform, with Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposed plan up for consideration. While the proposal does include some desirable reforms, such as modernizing the sales tax and increasing the standard deduction, it has been met with criticism for its lack of real reforms to …

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Is Official State Strategy Setting up Rural Iowa for a Coronavirus Surge?

Despite Governor Kim Reynolds reopening businesses in Iowa, the state is currently facing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly in rural areas. While the total number of cases is important, the incidence rate among the population is what matters most to the residents of small towns and rural counties. In some counties, the incidence …

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What is Tax Increment Financing?

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a financing mechanism designed to revitalize underdeveloped urban areas. The basic concept of TIF involves using future increases in property tax revenues generated by development in a designated TIF district to finance public investment within that same district. By capturing a portion of the incremental growth in property tax revenues …

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