The swearing-in of Governor Kim Reynolds offers all Iowans, including the Governor, an opportunity to lead us past the divisive and cloistered decision making of the last six years. Will she seize the opportunity and set a new tone?
See Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement 5/24/2017
New reports from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities illustrate disproportionate impacts on women and residents of rural communities.
See Iowa Fiscal Partnership news release 5/16/2017
Any threat to the Medicaid expansion is a threat to health coverage for some 150,000 Iowans.
Click on the map to get the county numbers 3/25/2017
About 230,000 fewer Iowans would have health coverage in 2019 if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a sufficient replacement. That number includes 25,000 children.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership report 1/19/17
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.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder 3/16/2017
Blog post by Peter Fisher: Follow the money and see why rural, older Iowans fare worse in ACHA plan
To describe the 2017 Iowa legislative session as “historic” is not a label its leaders should wear with pride.
Iowans needed a legislative session that worked to raise family incomes and expand educational opportunity. Iowans had long demanded water-quality measures and accountability to scale back reckless tax breaks. Instead, lawmakers offered a litany of suppression — of wages, voting rights and workplace fairness.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement 4/22/2017
Legislators' attack on the Leopold Center at Iowa State University and other established scientific research came as a surprise. Read about this potential lost legacy.
David Osterberg blog post on Iowa Policy Points 4/19/2017
David Osterberg interview on KVFD-AM Fort Dodge 4/20/2017
As legislators did before him, Governor Branstad put ideology and spin over substantive discussion, collaboration and fact as he signed legislation that repealed predictability for low-income workers' paychecks and introduced fresh confusion for workers injured at work.
Iowa Policy Project statement 3/30/17
We should all welcome a serious discussion of tax reform in the Iowa Legislature, with one huge caveat: It should focus on real issues, not made-up ones. There are real issues: Business tax credits continue to grow much faster than other state spending, and contribute significantly to the budget shortfalls that have become an annual problem.
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
A spotlight, not a floodlight, on business breaks 3/21/2017
Iowa Policy Points post by Mike Owen
Beware gimmicks in the Iowa Constitution A constitutional amendment to cap state spending — approved by the Senate that next year may be considered in the House — is a gimmick rather than real reform.
IFP Policy brief 3/27/2017
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
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
Cedar Rapids Gazette coverage 3/23/17
David Osterberg interview on KVFD-AM "Devine Intervention" program 3/23/17
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)
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
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
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.
Iowa can design child care assistance and other policies to “make work pay” for low-income working families.
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.
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)
Basic flaws remain in the latest state business tax climate index released by the Tax Foundation.
“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