chap20challengeAttacks on collective bargaining
Hidden costs, untold consequences for Iowans
Iowa lawmakers and the outgoing Governor have in recent weeks announced their intent to pursue dramatic changes to Iowa’s public sector collective bargaining law, with devastating consequences.
Full report 2/3/17 NEW!
Printable version (9 pages)
Executive summary (2 pages)

Apples to Apples: A refresher or (2-page PDF)

chap20challengeMore of the same
— in fact,
millions more

Perks for the profitable
continue with research credit

Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy provided as much in 2016 to very large companies that do not pay Iowa state income tax as legislators recently approved as an increase in state school aid.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership summary (2 pages) 2/15/17


capitoldetailPushing Iowans to the brink on health care

Repealing Affordable Care Act offers market turmoil, higher costs
State improvements in health-care access are in jeopardy as Congress plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or "ObamaCare," which had chopped uninsurance statewide from 8.1 to 5 percent in two years.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership report 1/19/17 NEW!
News release

capitoldetail2017 Legislature: Tax-cut conflicts
Governor plays down expectations of tax-cutters
Against a backdrop of calls for new tax cuts, Governor Branstad in his silence sounded a note of caution.
IPP statement 1/10/17

“It is reassuring that the Governor chose not to grab the tax-cut mantle so strongly on his way out the door. But he is missing an opportunity to rein in or even reverse Iowa’s runaway spending on tax credits.” — IPP's Mike Owen


capitoldetailProgress scant on clean water

Nutrient strategy not producing results Iowans want
Despite voluntary conservation efforts, nutrient pollution remains problematic in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico. There remains a widespread lack of understanding and acceptance of the connection between land management practices and the nutrient pollution of Iowa and U.S. waters.
Full report (PDF) 11/17/16
Executive summary (2-page PDF)
News release



jobsWhen work falls short, how do Iowa
policies help families meet needs?

Iowa can design child care assistance and other policies to “make work pay” for low-income working families.
Full report 11/15/16 NEW!
Full report printable PDF (20 pages)
Cliff effects backgrounder PDF (2 pages)
News release (or 2 page PDF)

Nearly 1 in 5 working households in Iowa do not earn enough to meet a basic needs family budget.
Part 2: Families Struggle to Meet Needs 7/6/16
Full report printable PDF (6 pages)
News release (or 2 page PDF)

Part 1: Basic Family Budgets 4/5/16
Full report printable PDF (21 pages)
News release (or 2 page PDF)


jobs
Faulty analysis on business taxes
Basic flaws remain in the latest state business tax climate index released by the Tax Foundation.

Iowa Policy Points blog post by Peter Fisher

Also see:
Fisher's GradingStates.org examination of Tax Foundation analysis

“What really drives state growth is the rate of new business formation. And what matters most for entrepreneurial vibrancy is the education level of the state’s residents.” — IPP’s Peter Fisher


healthcoverageiowaNew baseline to evaluate Medicaid changes
New census data show sharp declines in Iowa’s uninsured population, so it will be interesting to see if declines continue as Governor Branstad's Medicaid privatization moves forward.

Iowa Policy Points post

Persistent poverty, stagnant income remain the norm for Iowans
New Census data offer a mixed picture of the economic challenges Iowans face in key measures of family prosperity. Poverty and income data remained unchanged in 2015 compared with 2014, while health coverage continued to expand following implementation of health reform.

Iowa Fiscal Partnership news release