Our latest State of Working Iowa report shows that over nearly four decades, wage growth is essentially flat for all but the highest-wage workers in Iowa.|
State of Working Iowa
Wages Update or 11-page PDF
News release (4-page PDF)
Iowa payroll jobs gained in June for the eighth time in 10 months as the unemployment rate held steady at 2.7 percent.|
IPP JobWatch statement
Jewels like the University of Iowa Labor Center demonstrate a commitment to the mission of a flagship public institution.|
Post by Colin Gordon, UI professor and IPP senior research consultant
Hit “reset” on center closings.
Post by Elizabeth Heineman, chair of the UI history department
Will the leadership of the University of Iowa ever fight back against powerful and greedy forces that have undermined it?
Post by Mike Owen, executive director of the Iowa Policy Project
Nearly 100,000 Iowa working households earn too little for a basic standard of living without public supports beyond health insurance, despite one or more full-time wage earners in the family.
Part 1: Basic Needs Budgets
Part 2: Struggle for Thousands
Map to county-by-county tables
Sometimes the black-and-white data are obscured by blue-green clouds in the water — but the dangers of growing toxins in Iowa water are clear.
Full report (PDF) 6/21/2018
Executive summary (1 pg PDF)
Iowa Public Radio/Radio Iowa story
Iowa’s end-of-session tax overhaul, hatched behind closed doors with scant disclosure of details before passage, offers unbalanced breaks for the wealthy, a $400 million-a-year cut in revenues when the state already faced mid-year budget cuts and underfunded services. Oh, about those promises of “reform” and simplifying tax filing? Don't bother looking — it didn’t happen.
See our Iowa Fiscal Partnership analysis of the final tax legislation by Charles Bruner and Peter Fisher
See Peter Fisher’s blog post: Five things to know
Iowa Fiscal Partnership 2018 Tax Policy Kit
Mike Owen's interview on Insight on Business
This week’s announcement of plans to raise tuition at Iowa universities should not surprise anyone. When the Legislature cuts back, the regents need to fill in the gaps. And that creates new gaps, in family budgets immediately, and beyond, with — student debt.
Iowa Policy Points post by Brandon Borkovec 4/3/2018
Begun as an effort to help startup businesses in research, Iowa's lucrative Research Activities Credit program once again is shown — in an official state report — to be a boon to large, profitable companies that pay no state income tax.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership news release 2/15/2018
Iowa should consider major policy changes including a moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that pose growing environmental and health challenges. A new report also recommends revising the failing Master Matrix.
Full report 1/25/2018
Executive summary or PDF (2 pages)1/25/2018
News release 1/25/2018
Iowans long took for granted a strong and ongoing commitment to local schools. That is increasingly threatened by budget choices and options being considered at the Statehouse.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder 1/8/2018