Proponents of a minimum-wage increase propose bringing the wage floor back up to where it was in the late 1960s, in five steps.
Economic Policy Institute report 4/30/15
Iowa Policy Project fact sheet (2-page PDF) 4/28/15
• Impact of raise to $8.75: IPP fact sheet (2-page PDF) 3/31/15
• Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen 2/24/15
• Impact of raise to $10.10: IPP fact sheet (2-page PDF) 2/9/15
New data from the Department of Revenue show most resident Iowa taxpayers with income under $200,000 see no benefit in the proposed flat-tax option; and those who do have a much smaller benefit than millionaires.
Policy Brief 4/18/15 LATEST
Department of Revenue estimate — tax plan choices
Department of Revenue estimate — tax plan benefit differences
Tax legislation pending in the Iowa House would shower most benefits on higher income Iowans, while reducing revenues by nearly half a billion dollars.
Policy Brief Revised with new data, 3/26/15
or 2-page PDF
See Policy Brief or 2-page PDF 4/9/15
Tax 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 (or 2-page PDF) 3/10/15
Peter Fisher's guest opinion in The Gazette, Cedar Rapids 4/5/15
or in The Des Moines Register 3/6/15
If schools were really getting the “first bite at the apple,” as some are so fond of saying, school aid would have been set many months ago for the coming budget year.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen 4/13/15
Funding decisions? Overdue. School budgets? On time. Political games? Still going, as scheduled.
Mike Owen's guest opinion in The Press-Citizen, Iowa City 4/18/15
Legislators have enough to do finding answers to real problems. However, some seem ready to invent problems so they can come to the rescue. Case in point: the Missouri representative who wants to stop food assistance recipients from buying steak.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen 4/10/15
Interview on The Devine Intervention, KVFD-AM Fort Dodge 4/9/15
More about working family issues:
• Part 1: Basic Family Budgets including County data (map, tables) and County and regional spreadsheet
• Part 2: Many Iowa Families Struggle to Meet Basic Needs
• Part 3: Strenghtening Pathways to the Middle Class: The Role of Work Supports 10/29/14
• Reducing Cliff Effects in Child Care Assistance 3/13/14
• IPP news release (or 2-page PDF) 1/26/15
• Iowa fact sheet (2-page PDF)
• Full report from the Economic Analysis Research Network
|Raising Iowa’s tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by 10 cents per gallon would go a long way toward financing needed street and highway repairs. It also will affect low-income working families disproportionately more than it will high-income households. There are ways to offset those effects.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder (2-page PDF) 2/24/15
|More companies are benefiting from a lucrative tax subsidy that permits large, profitable corporations to get checks from the state without paying any Iowa income tax.|
Iowa Fiscal Partnership news release (or 2-page PDF) 2/11/15
|Five years ago, a special Tax Credit Review Panel offered a report on Iowa tax-credit programs, with some tough recommendations. Policy makers have not responded.|
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen 1/8/15
|Why should no one be surprised by Des Moines Water Works going to court? It is because the Governor and his administration have failed to act.|
Iowa Policy Points post by David Osterberg 1/12/15
IPP's David Osterberg, who co-authored a ground-breaking report on frac-sand mining, talked about the issue on Iowa Public Radio's “River to River” program.
Listen to the program 9/2/14
Water quality in Iowa is so bad that any new initiative to improve our waters is probably a good thing. That said, Iowa farm groups’ new initiative to take action on agricultural pollution of our waters comes with a troubling rollout.
Iowa Policy Points post by David Osterberg 8/26/14
Bodies of water across Iowa increasingly are in peril, and send their problems on to the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico. Public policy has failed to address it, and shortcomings of the 2013 Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) promise more of the same.
Full report by David Osterberg and Aaron Kline 7/17/14
27-pg PDF of full report, including executive summary
2-pg PDF of executive summary only
News release or 2-page PDF
Osterberg interview with Mike Devine on KVFD-1400 Fort Dodge 7/24/14
“The Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a blunt tool that takes different approaches to urban and rural runoff, and is especially weak on the larger, rural source of pollution from applied nutrients.” — David Osterberg