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Record one-month job increase for Iowa

Jobless rate bumps up to 3.2 percent despite sharp increase in payroll jobs

The 11,200-job increase for June was greater than the net increase for the previous 10 months as jobs rose to a record 1,591,800.
Iowa JobWatch
7/21/2017




state capitol cafoWhat Senate and House offer Iowans:
More costs, less coverage — but
another tax break for the wealthy


The overall effect is now clear for the Senate plan to repeal Obamacare: It would cause millions to lose health insurance but finance tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations.

Backgrounder 6/28/2017 (or two-page PDF)
Peter Fisher interview with KVFD's Michael Devine

Similar to the Senate plan, the House bill jeopardizes Iowa’s recent health coverage gains and puts the state’s most vulnerable residents at risk.
Peter Fisher report 6/22/2017
News release
Different cost impacts county by county

Cutting a health care success under cover of an unrelated problem
Instead of fixing issues with the exchange, our representatives are using it as an excuse to repeal Obamacare, including the successful Medicaid expansion. Blog post 7/12/17

Could Iowa pick up the tab if the feds cut health care?
Why not call a special session and let Iowa legislators see what they'd be left to decide if federal health policy changes? Blog post 7/11/17

Already strapped in its budget, the state would have to spend almost three times what it does now to cover low-income adults losing health coverage under the House-passed American Health Care Act. IPP news release 6/6/2017

Disproportionate impacts on women and rural Iowans. News release 5/16/2017
Medicaid expansion map 3/25/2017


state capitol cafoLooking ahead: Real tax reform?

First, get past the myths about Iowa taxes on business

Serious discussion of tax reform in Iowa should focus on real issues, not made-up ones. Business tax credits continue to grow much faster than other state spending, and contribute significantly to chronic budget shortfalls.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership policy brief
or 2-pg PDF 4/11/2017
Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement 3/20/2017
Iowa Fiscal Partnership snapshot on EITC 3/20/2017

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Blowing away one complaint: Electric
costs down as wind production grows


New data show that as Iowa has built a wind-power industry, the electricity price per kilowatt hour continues to be significantly lower than the U.S. average — and is down in real terms from when the industry started in Iowa.
IPP backgrounder
or 2-pg PDF 3/30/2017
News release




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



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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