state capitol cafoLeaving ACA in place saved insurance
for 150,000 Iowans on Medicaid expansion

Congressional leaders’ inability to pass a replacement for Obamacare removes, at least for the moment, any threat to the Medicaid expansion that was a critical part of increasing insurance coverage to more Iowans.
Click on the map to get the county numbers
3/25/2017 NEW!

state capitol cafoIowa JobWatch: Good start to 2017 after bleak 2016

Iowa kicked off 2017 with a stepped up pace of job growth, ending February with a 3.2 percent unemployment rate.
Iowa JobWatch
3/24/2017 NEW!

state capitol cafoCAFOs and the diminished defense of public health

In a legislative climate that increasingly bars local elected officials from protecting the health and financial security of Iowa residents, the means for individuals to respond on their own is threatened as well. The latest area: individuals challenging animal feeding operations in court.
Full report
3/22/2017 NEW!
Executive summary
News release

Cedar Rapids Gazette coverage 3/23/17
IPPontheAirDavid Osterberg interview on KVFD-AM "Devine Intervention" program 3/23/17

state capitol detailTaking a look at tax credits: They're not all the same

There is fresh discussion at the State Capitol about reining in tax credits. Here's a look at the issue, to help Iowans see the difference between tax credits that help low-income working families, and open-ended subsidies to highly profitable corporations.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement
Iowa Fiscal Partnership snapshot 3/20/2017

A spotlight, not a floodlight, on business breaks 3/21/2017
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen

The stakes of ACA repeal

Congressional Republicans have proposed replacing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, with the American Health Care Act, or ACHA. In a nutshell, the House plan takes away coverage from 24 million people to help pay for $600 billion in tax cuts primarily for the wealthiest Americans, as well as drug and insurance companies. Check our backgrounder to see what it would mean in Iowa:
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder
2-page PDF
Blog post by Peter Fisher: Follow the money and see why rural, older Iowans fare worse in ACHA plan

Did you know?
Iowa uninsured levels dropped sharply under Obamacare

See our “virtual House graphic”
on IPP’s Iowa Policy Points blog 2/23/17

Iowa Fiscal Partnership report 1/19/17
News release

chap20challengeThe realities about Iowa’s budget shortfall

There is no silver bullet, but you cannot solve Iowa’s chronic revenue shortages without addressing the state’s rampant spending on tax credits for corporations.

View the slides from our Moral Mondays Iowa! presentation at the State Capitol

Understanding the stakes of local minimum wages

See our “virtual House graphic”
on IPP’s Iowa Policy Points blog 2/28/17

2-page backgrounder (PDF)

IPP’s minimum wage page

chap20challengeAttacks on collective bargaining

Hidden costs, untold consequences for Iowans
Devastating consequences could be predicted before owa lawmakers and the outgoing Governor pursued dramatic changes to Iowa’s public sector collective bargaining law.
Full report 2/3/17
Printable version (9 pages)
Executive summary (2 pages)

Apples to Apples: A refresher or (2-page PDF)

chap20challengeMore of the same
— in fact,
millions more

Perks for the profitable
continue with research credit

Iowa’s lucrative research subsidy provided as much in 2016 to very large companies that do not pay Iowa state income tax as legislators recently approved as an increase in state school aid.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership summary (2 pages) 2/15/17

capitoldetail2017 Legislature: Tax-cut conflicts
Governor plays down expectations of tax-cutters
Against a backdrop of calls for new tax cuts, Governor Branstad in his silence sounded a note of caution.
IPP statement 1/10/17

“It is reassuring that the Governor chose not to grab the tax-cut mantle so strongly on his way out the door. But he is missing an opportunity to rein in or even reverse Iowa’s runaway spending on tax credits.” — IPP's Mike Owen

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

jobsWhen work falls short, how do Iowa
policies help families meet needs?

Iowa can design child care assistance and other policies to “make work pay” for low-income working families.
Full report 11/15/16 NEW!
Full report printable PDF (20 pages)
Cliff effects backgrounder PDF (2 pages)
News release (or 2 page PDF)

Nearly 1 in 5 working households in Iowa do not earn enough to meet a basic needs family budget.
Part 2: Families Struggle to Meet Needs 7/6/16
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)

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 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

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