Iowans can fall off an income cliff when even a minimal pay increase costs them child care assistance — one challenge for low-income working families.|
Read policy brief by Peter Fisher. 12/9/13. NEW!
Iowa’s child care assistance programs should encourage parents to further their education and make it more possible to achieve self-sufficiency, according to a new report.|
Read policy brief by Lily French and Peter Fisher. 11/26/13.
Read executive summary or 2-pg PDF.
Read news release.
Iowa Jobs — How many, how good?
What you need to know:
• Iowa jobs have not fully recovered from the recession. See our Iowa JobWatch
• It makes no sense to count jobs gained and ignore jobs lost, as the Governor is doing. See our special report
• Don't forget The State of Working Iowa 2013
And, just for fun, see Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Todd Dorman's review of our job-counting report.
The graph above shows job trends in Iowa over nearly 14 years. The red area represents the "trough" of jobs lost from the start of the last recession. The pink area shows what we need on top of that to meet the current demand for jobs in Iowa. See our special report.
For a discussion of the income inequality issue, hear David Osterberg on the "Devine Intervention," KVFD-AM 1400, Fort Dodge 10/9/13
|Food Stamps (SNAP)|
Congress' swipe at struggling families.
Read A new look for the first of the month.
Excessive Tax Breaks
Political parlor tricks — See The $54 question
Did you know 50 percent of all income in the U.S. goes to the top 10 percent and nearly half that goes to the top 1 percent? See Why is the dream fading?
No matter the source — the countryside or urban development — cities in Iowa are showing they have ways to manage runoff and ease pollution of the state's waterways.|
Read our report. 10/30/13
Full report with How-To Guide. 35-pg PDF 10/30/13
While Congress fails to resolve a stalemate on food assistance and the Farm Bill, long-term trends show hunger rising in Iowa. A new report from USDA puts the share of households challenged by food insecurity rising in 10 years from 9.1 percent to 12.6 percent.|
Read news release or 2-pg PDF. 9/4/13
|A good discussion about the facts underlying strategies to achieve clean water in Iowa. And yes, funding for environmental enforcement does matter.|
“Not every state gets nailed by the local region of the EPA to say, ‘You're not doing your job.’” — IPP's David Osterberg
Hear Osterberg with Mike Devine on the "Devine Intervention" program on KVFD-AM 1400, Fort Dodge 9/25/13
Recovery has offered Iowans little respite from the challenges of diminished job security and widening inequality, the annual State of Working Iowa report finds.|
Read The State of Working Iowa 2013 online interactive version
or 18-pg PDF. 8/30/13.
Or our news release. 8/30/13.
“Labor Day is a good time to remember that shared prosperity rests on policies and institutions that sustain the bargaining power of workers.” — IPP's Colin Gordon, author of The State of Working Iowa 2013
The best way for Iowa to grow its economy is by investing in a well-educated workforce, according to a new paper published for the Economic Analysis and Research Network.|
Read full report by Noah Berger and IPP's Peter Fisher. 8/22/13
Read news release. 8/22/13
“Investing in education is also good for state budgets in the long run. Highly educated workers have higher incomes and thus pay more in taxes and rely less on state assistance.” — IPP's Peter Fisher, co-author of report
One out of every six Iowa households benefits from the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, bringing $412 million into the state economy in 2010 alone.
The golder and greener the spots on the map at right, the greater the use of the credit by moderate- and low-income working families.|
Read Iowa Fiscal Partnership Backgrounder. 5/14/13
How much working families need a boost from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can be seen in light of the actual costs of raising a family in Iowa.|
Read our Iowa Fiscal Partnership Backgrounder. 4/5/13