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
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.”
Cohen discussed the trend at IPP’s spring fundraising event May 8 in Altoona. He was joined by several Iowa experts on what we're seeing in Iowa with the drive to privatize services and damage public education, public pensions, Medicaid and more.
See our event page for more
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
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 3/7/2018
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 2/12/2018
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
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
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
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 12/29/2017
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 12/19/2017