jobsJobs dip, break momentum
Iowa nonfarm jobs showed a 900 decrease in September as the monthly average for 2016 settled into a familiar trend. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held at 4.2 percent.

Our Iowa JobWatch report

“September was a streak-breaking month for Iowa: one positive and one not. After three months of solid nonfarm job gains, September brought a small drop — but the unemployment rate stayed at 4.2 percent after three straight increases.” — IPP’s Mike Owen

jobsFaulty analysis on business taxes: Nothing to see there
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 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

Perspectives on family prosperity in Iowa

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

jobs1 in 5 working families fall short
Cost of Living in Iowa report shows basic needs out of reach for many; wages fall short in rural areas
Nearly 114,000 working households in Iowa — 19 percent — do not earn enough to meet a basic needs family budget.
Full report 7/6/16 NEW!
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)
Local, regional data

Hear report author Peter Fisher discuss these reports on The Devine Intervention, KVFD-AM Fort Dodge
Part 1: Basic Family Budgets 4/7/16
Part 2: Many Iowa Families Struggle to Meet Basic Needs 7/7/16

capitoldetailGetting serious about clean water

Iowa needs stronger restrictions on manure application

Weakening rules for how manure is applied is clearly out of step with Iowa's stated goal to comply with cleaning our streams and lakes of nutrients.
Comments on rule change (3-page PDF) 6/3/16

David Osterberg interview on The Devine Intervention, KVFD-AM 6/9/16

Iowa falls short in limiting manure runoff into lakes and streams when soil conditions are unfavorable. The state could learn from another Midwestern state to create better protection of water flowing to the Mississippi River.
Full report or 19-page PDF 5/4/16
Executive Summary or 2-page PDF
News Release or 2-page PDF

IFPlogo“Iowa does not place strong limits on manure application on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground.”
— IPP's David Osterberg

jobsFifteen years of solid analysis and responsible solutions
Bill Stowe of Des Moines Water Works outlined clean water challenges, and IPP’s Peter Fisher gave a sneak preview of new research on work supports as well over 100 people gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Iowa Policy Project. David Osterberg noted Iowans who were around at the start and kept IPP going — Mark Smith, David Hurd, and Fred & Charlotte Hubbell.

Even though the event is past, our work is ongoing and it's always a good time to celebrate solid analysis and responsible solutions.
Brief recap and pictures
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