Raising the Minimum Wage
Beyond the Scare Tactics, What Effects Could Johnson County Expect at $10.10 by 2017?
Often a Boost for Women, Full Time Workers, and People Over 20 Years Old with Education Past High School

min wage - johnson co characteristicsAt least 10,000 low-wage workers stand to get a pay raise by the time the Johnson County minimum wage is increased to $10.10 in 2017. Take a look at the makeup of those who would benefit.

IPP Backgrounder 9/30/15 NEW!

“The increase would translate into millions in additional annual income. Much of that of the would be spent in Johnson County at local retail and service businesses, which in turn would need more work hours to handle the increased business.”
— IPP’s Peter Fisher

What a $15 Local Minimum Wage Would Look Like

Higher Wage Than Proposed Would Benefit Many Thousands More — A Look at Johnson and Linn Counties
As Congress and the state Legislature have
Johnson Countyforced Iowans to wait almost eight years for action, a new report projects benefits to 19,300 workers in Johnson County and 24,300 in Linn County if a $15 minimum wage were adopted locally.
Full Report 8/11/15
News release

Statewide, various proposals
would benefit hundreds of thousands

$12 by 2020
Economic Policy Institute report 4/30/15
Iowa Policy Project fact sheet 4/28/15
IPP fact sheet
Also see: The Cost of Living in Iowa — What it takes to get by in our state

Stubbornness of Poverty and Income Stagnation in Iowa
But Health Coverage Jumps Following Reforms, New Census Data Show
New Census data offer a mixed picture of the economic challenges Iowans are facing in key measures of family prosperity. Poverty and income data remained largely unchanged in 2014 from 2013, while health coverage jumped as new reforms took effect.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership summary 9/17/15

Stolen Chances: Low-Wage Work and Wage Theft in Iowa
New report examines recent enforcement data, and survey of low-wage workers
As we approach Labor Day 2015, many Iowans — those who work at jobs that provide little security, those who are not paid the wages they have earned — will not be celebrating.
Full report or 16-page PDF 9/2/15
Executive summary or 2-page PDF
News release or 2-page PDF

Colin Gordon“In the absence of the security provided by high-wage, career employment, and in the absence of workplace organizations sufficient to sustain workers’ bargaining power, public policy must fill in the gaps.” — Colin Gordon

In the media:
The Press-Citizen, Iowa City — September 3
Quad-City Times, Davenport — September 3
The Devine Intervention, KVFD-AM 1400, Fort Dodge — September 3

detailofcapitolA Case Study of Stewardship
Linn County Projects Show Natural, Cultural Resource Protection
Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program (REAP) has been underfunded for 25 years running, yet its projects around the state show greater opportunities to enhance environmental and cultural stewardship.
Full Report 7/27/15
Executive summaryNews release

Cedar Rapids Gazette story, July 28

detailofcapitolEducation Vetoes
‘Ongoing’ Rhetoric Stands Against Plans for New Tax Cuts
Governor Branstad’s vetoes of “one-time” funding pose “ongoing” and “recurring” problems for a major and ill-advised proposal to restructure personal income taxes in Iowa. And they should.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen, 7/15/15.

While Governor Branstad worried about funding “ongoing expenses with one-time money,” the Legislature proposed no such thing.
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen, 7/8/15.

“Governor Branstad’s words ring hollow in his decisions to cut education funding and to prevent greater access to child care.”
Read our Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement 7/2/15

Iowa’s Problem of Priorities
PeterFisherPhotoTax 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 3/10/15
Peter Fisher’s columns: Cedar Rapids Gazette 4/5/15 or Des Moines Register 3/6/15

Cleaning Up Iowa’s Waters
Deficiencies of Nutrient Reduction Strategy focus of debate
David Osterberg at KVFDIPP's David Osterberg went on the air recently on KVFD-AM 1400 in Fort Dodge for a civil conversation with Webster County farmers to discuss issues surrounding Iowa’s “Nutrient Reduction Strategy” to clean rivers, lakes and streams. Hear about IPP's “Choose 2” recommendation to reduce runoff from farms not doing their part voluntarily.

Read “A Threat Unmet,” IPP’s July 2014 report on the Nutrient Reduction Strategy by David Osterberg and Aaron Kline
27-pg PDF of full report, including executive summary
2-pg PDF of executive summary only