itepgraphUnions beating unbalanced bargaining law

Forced recertification votes show heavy support for unions

If Iowa lawmakers thought that their Draconian revisions to Chapter 20 could break the back of public-sector unionism, the last two months have proven them spectacularly wrong. Since early September, almost 500 of Iowa’s public-sector bargaining units have been forced into recertification elections.
Iowa Policy Points post by Colin Gordon
11/7/2017



itepgraphUS tax reform: Facts vs. spin

Big breaks for wealthy in House tax plan

New national and state-level analysis shows the wealthiest taxpayers are the biggest beneficiaries of the House tax reform proposal, exposing exaggerations of middle-income benefits in a package that could threaten critical services to low- and moderate-income families.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership news release
11/6/2017

“So much for boosting the middle class. The rich in Iowa do far better than middle and lower-income taxpayers in our state under the House tax plan.”
— IPP’s Peter Fisher



state capitol cafoState tax reform: What should it look like?

Adequate revenues and tax fairness need to be at the top of the list

As Iowans look ahead to potential changes in the state’s tax structure, there are areas clearly ripe for reform to assure better fairness and revenue adequacy, often without raising taxes or rates.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder
10/19/2017 PDF

It should not have taken Iowa leaders until late September to know whether their budget estimates were off enough for a special session.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement
9/20/2017



culvertsWater: A solution on the books?

Drainage districts have authority to clean water

Over half of drainage districts in Iowa are in the north central area of the state, the Des Moines Lobe, and they are significant contributors to the nitrate pollution problem in Iowa waters and the Mississippi River Basin. Existing legal authority could make them a tool to reduce pollution and encourage responsible stewardship.
View full report or PDF
10/10/2017
Executive summary (2 pages)
News release



matrixpigsChallenging the ‘Master Matrix’

Rural Iowans raise questions — are state leaders listening?

Proposed large hog operations have to show little to get what they want. “Right now it’s almost not possible to not pass,” says IPP’s David Osterberg.
See our blog post on Iowa Policy Points
8/28/2017
Hear David Osterberg's interview with Michael Devine 8/24/2017

Leaving Iowans defenseless under law
Restrictions on nuisance lawsuits latest tool
against local demand for stronger regulation of industry


The public health consequences of these legislative choices are as significant as the governance issues raised by the General Assembly to restrict options for those most affected by economic decisions while giving them no place to turn for redress if state policy is inadequate.
Full report
3/23/2017
Executive summary
Hear David Osterberg's interview with Michael Devine 3/23/2017



state capitol cafoMore health coverage for Iowans

New census data show sharp 3-year decline in uninsurance

New data from the Census Bureau show more Iowans had access to health insurance, chopping uninsurance by nearly half in just three years.
See our news release
9/12/2017



A better focus for health reform: Fix exchanges

‘Repeal and replace’ obsession distracts from real issue

The problems with the insurance exchange in Iowa are fixable — and not a good excuse to fund tax cuts to the wealthy by forcing tens of thousands of Iowans off health insurance.
Peter Fisher’s post on Iowa Policy Points
8/3/2017

How ACA repeal offered more costs, less coverage and a tax break for the rich


The Senate plan: Force millions off health insurance but finance tax cuts to the wealthiest.

Backgrounder 6/28/2017 (or two-page PDF)
Peter Fisher interview with KVFD's Michael Devine

Similar to the Senate plan, the House bill jeopardizes Iowa’s recent health coverage gains and puts the state’s most vulnerable residents at risk.
Peter Fisher report 6/22/2017
News release
Different cost impacts county by county

Could Iowa pick up the tab if the feds cut health care?
Higher costs for an already strapped state budget: IPP news release 6/6/2017
Disproportionate impacts on women and rural Iowans: News release 5/16/2017
Medicaid expansion map 3/25/2017