Our Taxes Aren’t “Iowa Nice”

John Hendrickson: High tax rates not only punish economic growth but for every dollar taken away in taxes it is less economic freedom for individuals and businesses.

Iowa: Look to Nebraska for Occupational Licensing Reform

John Hendrickson and Laura Ebke: One area of regulatory reform state leaders should look at to address this problem is changing our occupational licensing requirements.

Three Cheers for George Washington: Remembering the First President on Constitution Day

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” – George Washington

Remembering a Forgotten Champion of Labor: Calvin Coolidge

John Hendrickson: Calvin Coolidge valued American labor and the spirit of work and his policies led to job creation and economic expansion.

Iowans Deserve Tax Credit Transparency

Hendrickson and Mozena: It’s time for Iowa to leave outdated economic development policies behind and embrace the future by increasing transparency and accountability.

Socialism Comes With a Price

John Hendrickson: President Roosevelt’s New Deal is a “dime store” compared to the radical and outlandish proposals being advocated by the plethora of Democrats running for president.

The Need for Restraint

John Hendrickson: We cannot return to the 1920s, but we can certainly apply the principles Harding and Coolidge used to begin restoring fiscal sanity.

Our $22 Trillion National Debt

John Hendrickson: Iowans must understand that the national debt crisis will not only impact them directly, but also state finances.

Property Taxes Need Accountability and Transparency

John Hendrickson: Increasing accountability and transparency should never be a controversial issue.

It’s Time to Audit Iowa’s Medicaid Program

It is unclear how much Medicaid fraud may be present in Iowa, but the evidence from other states strongly suggests that a program audit is needed.

The More You Tax Something, The Less You Will Get

John Hendrickson: Population trends show that states with low tax rates are gaining new residents, while an exodus is underway in high tax states.

Iowans Deserve Property Tax Relief

John Hendrickson and Jonathan Williams: A property tax cap, along with a strong truth in taxation process, would provide relief for hardworking taxpayers across Iowa.

Iowa Tax Reform’s Unfinished Work

John Hendrickson: It is vital that Iowa’s policymakers continue the work to lower tax rates, which also means revising and lowering the 4 percent revenue trigger.

Tax Rates Matter

John Hendrickson: Tax rates matter because the more you tax something, the less of it you will get. Iowa’s tax rates are some of the highest in the nation.

Remembering Senator Barry Goldwater’s Historic Campaign

This January marks the 55th anniversary of Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater announcing his intentions to run for president in 1964.

Let’s Get Real About Spending

John Hendrickson: Iowa policymakers should seriously consider a state spending limitation amendment. Strengthening Iowa’s spending limitation would finally place taxpayers first.