Johnson CountyIowa JobWatch:
Strong Month Carries Caution

Sharp rise in July nonfarm jobs, jobless rate up to 3.8 percent
July turned out to be a strong month for Iowa jobs, but this demands a couple notes of caution. These one-month numbers do not always reflect the longer-term trends, which are more important.
IPP JobWatch Statement 8/24/15

What a Local Minimum Wage Would Look Like
Raise to $15 Would Boost 43,000 Workers in Johnson and Linn Counties
As Congress and the state Legislature have
Johnson Countyforced Iowans to wait almost eight years for action, a new report projects benefits to 19,300 workers in Johnson County and 24,300 in Linn County if a $15 minimum wage were adopted locally.
Full Report 8/11/15
News release

Statewide, various proposals
would benefit hundreds of thousands

$12 by 2020
Economic Policy Institute report 4/30/15
Iowa Policy Project fact sheet 4/28/15
$10.10
IPP fact sheet
Also see: The Cost of Living in Iowa — What it takes to get by in our state

Minimum wage report in the media:
The Gazette, Cedar Rapids — August 12
The Press-Citizen, Iowa City — August 12

detailofcapitolA Case Study of Stewardship
Linn County Projects Show Natural, Cultural Resource Protection
Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program (REAP) has been underfunded for 25 years running, yet its projects around the state show greater opportunities to enhance environmental and cultural stewardship.
Full Report 7/27/15
Executive summaryNews release

Cedar Rapids Gazette story, July 28


detailofcapitolEducation Vetoes
‘Ongoing’ Rhetoric Stands Against Plans for New Tax Cuts
Governor Branstad’s vetoes of “one-time” funding pose “ongoing” and “recurring” problems for a major and ill-advised proposal to restructure personal income taxes in Iowa. And they should.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen, 7/15/15.

While Governor Branstad worried about funding “ongoing expenses with one-time money,” the Legislature proposed no such thing.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen, 7/8/15.

“Governor Branstad’s words ring hollow in his decisions to cut education funding and to prevent greater access to child care.”
Read our Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement 7/2/15

Iowa’s Problem of Priorities
PeterFisherPhotoTax cuts have consequences. In the case of the massive commercial property tax cut enacted two years ago, those consequences have become all too real.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder 3/10/15
Peter Fisher’s columns: Cedar Rapids Gazette 4/5/15 or Des Moines Register 3/6/15

Cleaning Up Iowa’s Waters
Deficiencies of Nutrient Reduction Strategy focus of debate
David Osterberg at KVFDIPP's David Osterberg went on the air recently on KVFD-AM 1400 in Fort Dodge for a civil conversation with Webster County farmers to discuss issues surrounding Iowa’s “Nutrient Reduction Strategy” to clean rivers, lakes and streams. Hear about IPP's “Choose 2” recommendation to reduce runoff from farms not doing their part voluntarily.

Read “A Threat Unmet,” IPP’s July 2014 report on the Nutrient Reduction Strategy by David Osterberg and Aaron Kline
27-pg PDF of full report, including executive summary
2-pg PDF of executive summary only