min wage - johnson co characteristicsJobs way behind Governor's goal
IPP: IWD chief should retract rosy jobs claim
Iowa has created barely half of the jobs sought by Governor Branstad in a campaign goal back in 2010, but Iowa Workforce Development today promoted the goal as met.

IPP Statement 11/30/15 NEW!

“IWD Director Beth Townsend owes it to the people of Iowa to retract this inaccurate picture.”
— IPP’s Mike Owen

Concerns shadow jobs uptick for October
Overall improvements in Iowa jobs in October were ever-so-slight as eight of the 11 major job sectors showed one-month declines.

IPP Iowa JobWatch 11/20/15

detailofcapitolYet Another Business Tax Break
New sales-tax break 'unnecessary, expensive, counterproductive’
Unable to sell a new tax break for manufacturers in the legislative process, the Branstad administration is attempting to do so with an administrative rule. This break is worth tens of millions of dollars — and is only the latest in the wave of tax breaks for business sought by the current administration. See Peter Fisher's statement to the Administrative Rules Review Committee.
Iowa Policy Project statement by Peter Fisher, 10/13/15.
1-page PDF of statement

Fisher guest opinion in The Des Moines Register 10/22/15 NEW!
Fisher interview with Mike Devine on KVFD-AM 1400 Fort Dodge 10/8/15

PeterFisherPhoto“The state can ill afford another tax break that will harm essential state services while producing little or no economic benefit.” — Fisher to the Administrative Rules Review Committee

“This tax break is not an incentive; it is a gift to business. And Iowa’s children will pay for it ...” — Fisher in The Des Moines Register

MikeOwenPhotoNew rule: Governor Branstad wants to make laws by himself.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen, 10/14/15.
Owen interview with Mike Devine on KVFD-AM 1400 Fort Dodge

Raising the Minimum Wage
Beyond the Scare Tactics, What Effects Could Johnson County Expect at $10.10 by 2017?
Often a Boost for Women, Full Time Workers, and People Over 20 Years Old with Education Past High School

min wage - johnson co characteristicsAt least 10,000 low-wage workers stand to get a pay raise by the time the Johnson County minimum wage is increased to $10.10 in 2017. Take a look at the makeup of those who would benefit.

IPP Backgrounder 9/30/15

“The increase would translate into millions in additional annual income. Much of that of the would be spent in Johnson County at local retail and service businesses, which in turn would need more work hours to handle the increased business.”
— IPP’s Peter Fisher

What a $15 Local Minimum Wage Would Look Like

Higher Wage Than Proposed Would Benefit Many Thousands More — A Look at 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
IPP fact sheet
Also see: The Cost of Living in Iowa — What it takes to get by in our state

Stubbornness of Poverty and Income Stagnation in Iowa
But Health Coverage Jumps Following Reforms, New Census Data Show
New Census data offer a mixed picture of the economic challenges Iowans are facing in key measures of family prosperity. Poverty and income data remained largely unchanged in 2014 from 2013, while health coverage jumped as new reforms took effect.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership summary 9/17/15

Stolen Chances: Low-Wage Work and Wage Theft in Iowa
New report examines recent enforcement data, and survey of low-wage workers
As we approach Labor Day 2015, many Iowans — those who work at jobs that provide little security, those who are not paid the wages they have earned — will not be celebrating.
Full report or 16-page PDF 9/2/15
Executive summary or 2-page PDF
News release or 2-page PDF

Colin Gordon“In the absence of the security provided by high-wage, career employment, and in the absence of workplace organizations sufficient to sustain workers’ bargaining power, public policy must fill in the gaps.” — Colin Gordon

In the media:
The Press-Citizen, Iowa City — September 3
Quad-City Times, Davenport — September 3
The Devine Intervention, KVFD-AM 1400, Fort Dodge — September 3

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

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