Economic Opportunity and Family Prosperity

Iowans working Hard, falling short

Cost of Living in Iowa update shows how ‘cliffs’
in work supports send families over the edge

“Work support” policies help low-wage working families survive, keep their children out of poverty, and provide a stepping stone to a better education and a better job. This report shows how to strengthen pathways to the middle class — an important public policy issue when nearly 120,000 Iowa working households do not earn enough to provide for a basic standard of living. For single parents, the challenge is greater than for married parents, and for Iowans of color, the challenge is far greater than for white families.

Strengthening Pathways to the Middle Class:
The Role of Work Supports
Jan. 8, 2020
Backgrounder, 2 pages
News release

The Cost of Living in Iowa 2019 Sept. 24, 2019
Backgrounder, 2 pages
News release

capitolOn our blog: Evaluating UI’s
attack on its own Labor Center
Jewels like the University of Iowa Labor Center demonstrate a commitment to the mission of a flagship public institution.
Post by Colin Gordon, UI professor and IPP senior research consultant

Hit “reset” on center closings.
Post by Elizabeth Heineman, chair of the UI history department

Will the leadership of the University of Iowa ever fight back against powerful and greedy forces that have undermined it?
Post by Mike Owen, executive director of the Iowa Policy Project

capitolGiving Iowa workers
the cold shoulder

Changes in workers’ compensation
mean big reductions of benefits

A review of shoulder injury cases from 2017 provides a startling glimpse into the impact of changes to Iowa’s workers’ compensation system, indicating that workers who suffer serious shoulder injuries will on average lose out on $72,000 in compensation under the new law.
Full report 9/20/18
Executive summary
News release or PDF (2p)