Controlling State Government Spending in Iowa

John Hendrickson: Government spending is a concern to many Iowans. Individuals, families, and businesses across Iowa all follow a budget that is not guaranteed to increase every year, yet Iowa’s budget continues to grow. 

Does Government “Help” Prevent Growth?

John Hendrickson: If Iowa wants to increase economic growth, create more jobs and opportunities, and make our state more welcoming to businesses and entrepreneurs, policymakers need to implement pro-growth fiscal policies.

Conservative Principles of Public Policy

John Hendrickson: When evaluating public policy conservatives need to consider fundamental principles that will preserve and defend limited government and economic liberty.

Two Cheers for Tax Reform in Iowa

John Hendrickson: The tax reform plan passed by the Iowa Legislature is absolutely a step in the right direction and it will help many families and businesses in Iowa, but it should be viewed as a starting point.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It: A Defense of the Electoral College

John Hendrickson: The Electoral College is fundamental to our constitutional system of limited government, federalism, equal representation, and separation of powers. 

The Historical Success Story of Tax Cuts

John Hendrickson: The best economic policy can be summed up by tax cuts, budget cuts, and limited government, or to phrase it in simple terms: Constitutional government. 

The Iowa Legislature Should Not Delay Tax Reform

John Hendrickson: Delaying tax reform would be a setback for Iowa’s taxpayers and our economy. By lowering tax rates and controlling spending, Iowa will not only create a stronger economy with more opportunities, but also provide for the priorities of state government. 

The Failure of Progressive “Blue State” Economics

John Hendrickson: Iowa’s progressives are following a policy program known as the “Blue State” model seen in states like Connecticut, Illinois, and California, which “incorporates high levels of public employment, extensive and expensive public services, and high taxes and comprehensive regulations on business.” 

The North Carolina Growth Story Continues

John Hendrickson: Opponents of tax reduction balk at North Carolina’s historic tax reform as an example that pro-growth tax policies only lead to the bleeding of essential state services. They are wrong. 

An Unfortunate Milestone: Our National Debt Has Reached $21 Trillion

John Hendrickson: The $21 trillion national debt and the continuing out-of-control spending is a serious problem that can no longer be ignored.

Will Iowa Become a Pro-Growth State?

John Hendrickson: Iowa policymakers should take note of states that have enacted meaningful tax reform successfully. By lowering rates and keeping spending levels low, Iowa can deliver tax relief to the benefit of all Iowans by creating economic growth and opportunity.

Iowa Needs Tax Reform Now: Delay Will Result in Tax Increases on Iowans

John Hendrickson: High tax rates are harmful to economic growth. In addition to reducing rates, the final tax reform and relief measure should be comprehensive, use revenue triggers or phase-ins, reduce and reform the use of tax credits, and modernize the sales and use tax to bring fairness to Iowa’s small businesses. 

Time to Strengthen Iowa’s 99% Spending Limitation

John Hendrickson: Iowa taxpayers deserve constitutional protection, and the best way to do this is to protect taxpayer interests through a stronger spending limit.  

Government’s Unquenchable Thirst for Tax Dollars

John Hendrickson: Iowa has a tight budget, but the solution to seeking more revenues must not be found in increasing existing taxes, like the beer tax, or creating new taxes.

Now is the Time to Create a Better Tax Climate

John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature has a unique opportunity to enact tax relief by lowering rates across-the-board and begin the process of controlling spending with the 99 percent spending limitation amendment.

Reducing Government Spending: It Can Be Done

John Hendrickson: Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts (R) can serve as an example for Iowans as he is leading his state’s effort to reform spending, which is not only sound policy for taxpayers but also for economic growth.