Mistake to divert even more tax dollars to private schools
Iowa taxpayers have a responsibility to support public schools, whether they have children attending them or not. Yet, even while public schools have been underfunded, Iowa taxpayers are asked to support nonpublic schools to the tune of about $66 million each year. Some would even expand this with voucher proposals.
Roadmap for Opportunity — Keep public dollars in public schools
Backgrounder on already generous subsidies to private schools
System works for current, future employees
Messing with Iowa's retirement system for most state and many local public employees — as some have proposed — could eviscerate a well-functioning pension system that benefits the Iowa and local economies.
Roadmap for Opportunity — Pensions 10/25/18
IPP’s Mike Owen on KVFD “Devine Intervention” program 10/25/18
An IPP tool for Iowa's challenges of 2018 and beyond
See our “Roadmap for Opportunity” page
with these two-pagers:
• Strengthening public education, no new private subsidies
• IPERS works to boost retirees, economy
• Path to a better future starts with public education
• Tuition, college loan debt rise with state cuts
• Promoting economic security for Iowa workers
• Restoring success of Iowa Medicaid
• What real Iowa tax reform would look like
• Water quality and the Nutrient Reduction Strategy
• Child Care Assistance needs a boost in Iowa
• Building on Iowa’s smart energy leadership
Also, check out the Iowa Fiscal Partnership 2018 Tax Policy Kit.
A large drop in Iowa payroll jobs in September followed an increase in August, while the unemployment rate stayed at an 18-year low of 2.5 percent.
Iowa JobWatch report 10/19/18
Iowa taxes its middle- and low-income families more as a share of income than it does wealthy families, a long-term trend worsened by the 2018 tax overhaul.
Full report from ITEP 10/17/18
Iowa fact sheet
IFP news release
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
News release or PDF (2p)
Even slight improvements in poverty and health coverage for Iowans heighten the need to reinforce public policies that can help families struggling to get by. One in nine Iowans lack basic economic security, the Census shows.
News release 9/13/18
Nearly 100,000 Iowa working households earn too little for a basic standard of living without public supports beyond health insurance. How can public policy be improved to help them not only get by, but to reach higher?
Part 3: Strengthening Pathways to the Middle Class LATEST
News release 9/12/18
Part 1: Basic Needs Budgets
Part 2: Struggle for Thousands
Map to county-by-county tables
Our latest State of Working Iowa report shows that over nearly four decades, wage growth is essentially flat for all but the highest-wage workers in Iowa.
State of Working Iowa
Wages Update or 11-page PDF
News release (4-page PDF)
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
Sometimes the black-and-white data are obscured by blue-green clouds in the water — but the dangers of growing toxins in Iowa water are clear.
Full report (PDF) 6/21/2018
Executive summary (1 pg PDF)
Iowa Public Radio/Radio Iowa story
Iowa’s end-of-session tax overhaul, hatched behind closed doors with scant disclosure of details before passage, offers unbalanced breaks for the wealthy, a $400 million-a-year cut in revenues when the state already faced mid-year budget cuts and underfunded services. Oh, about those promises of “reform” and simplifying tax filing? Don't bother looking — it didn’t happen.
See our Iowa Fiscal Partnership analysis of the final tax legislation by Charles Bruner and Peter Fisher
See Peter Fisher’s blog post: Five things to know
Iowa Fiscal Partnership 2018 Tax Policy Kit
Mike Owen's interview on Insight on Business
This week’s announcement of plans to raise tuition at Iowa universities should not surprise anyone. When the Legislature cuts back, the regents need to fill in the gaps. And that creates new gaps, in family budgets immediately, and beyond, with — student debt.
Iowa Policy Points post by Brandon Borkovec 4/3/2018
Begun as an effort to help startup businesses in research, Iowa's lucrative Research Activities Credit program once again is shown — in an official state report — to be a boon to large, profitable companies that pay no state income tax.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership news release 2/15/2018
Iowa should consider major policy changes including a moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that pose growing environmental and health challenges. A new report also recommends revising the failing Master Matrix.
Full report 1/25/2018
Executive summary or PDF (2 pages)1/25/2018
News release 1/25/2018
Iowans long took for granted a strong and ongoing commitment to local schools. That is increasingly threatened by budget choices at the Statehouse.
Iowa Fiscal Partnership backgrounder 1/8/2018