healthcareIPP's Spring Event:

Dismantling Democracy:
Paving the Road Back

Progressive leader Donald Cohen headlines event
Donald Cohen, founder of In the Public Interest, has a new book about the 40-year attack on government, and strategies to build a movement to advance “the long game for the common good.”

Let's talk about it with him — and discuss what we're seeing in Iowa, with the drive to privatize services and damage public education, public pensions, Medicaid and more.
Donald Cohen will join us the evening of Tuesday, May 8, at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.
See our event page for ticket information!

higher ed graphOver 15 years, state slashes commitment
to higher ed in share of university budgets

New on our blog: Tuiton rising — is anyone surprised?
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

Governor’s tax plan: The trail to cutting services
Fiscal analysis confirms plan falls short of responsible reform
Governor Kim Reynolds’ tax proposal trades massive cuts in public services for small savings for lower-income taxpayers, larger savings for high-income taxpayers and few meaningful strides toward fairness in a system that already treats the poor poorly and raises too little revenue to avoid mid-year cuts.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership policy brief
3/7/2018 PDF
News release
IFP backgrounder on expanding 529 plans: Costly frill 3/13/18

Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement 2/13/18

Research giveaways: Here we go again
Big profitable companies again the big gainers from $66 million subsidies
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

Adequate revenues and tax fairness — keys to real tax reform
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

healthcareOn our blog: Be neither Kansas nor North Carolina

Steer clear of the spin — and the low road
Tax and budget cuts are a formula for decline, not prosperity. Let’s hope Iowa does not follow either Kansas or North Carolina down the path of chronic budget crises and underfunding of education, health and public safety.
Iowa Policy Points post by Peter Fisher

healthcareMedicaid expansion boost: Reason to celebrate

Jobs, income expanded along with boost in health access
Under the Affordable Care Act, a significant expansion of Medicaid brought health coverage to an additional 150,000 low-income adults in Iowa. An infusion of federal dollars — $730 million in 2015 — has provided a huge boost to the state’s economy, creating over 10,000 jobs and over $500 million in annual income to Iowans.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership brief by David Swenson and Peter Fisher

matrixpigsIowa's explosion of CAFOs

Rapid growth carries impacts on water quality and public health
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
Executive summary or PDF (2 pages)1/25/2018
News release 1/25/2018

state quarterOpportunity missed in ‘unleashing opportunity’

Condition of the State short on details, long on old themes

Governor Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State address, but delivered few details to show how Iowa will keep its responsibilities to working families, education and clean water.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement1/10/2018 PDF

The realities of Iowa education funding

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 PDF

US tax giveaways: Red ink, and pain

Tax plan in Washington has nothing long-term for vulnerable Iowans, middle class, or sensible budgeting; service cuts will bring hardship — and our U.S. senators are not telling us that reality

Our senators should have warned us what the 2017 tax bill will actually do. Instead, both Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst are selling only cherry-picked data molded into a messy ball of spin and trickle-down economics, bereft of full context or history.
Iowa Policy Points post

Congress is making a deficit-compounding giveaway to big corporations and rich households at the ultimate cost of services for all, particularly the most vulnerable.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement