The Des Moines Register’s editorial board suggests the Iowa Legislature implement a sin tax on sugary drinks to combat obesity and help the state budget.
Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald suggests that the state of Iowa should borrow to close the FY17 deficit and to ensure the FY18 budget is met.
John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature should also consider not only implementing tax relief that lowers rates but that also provides protections for taxpayers.
John Hendrickson: Priority-based budgeting along with prudent tax reform will create an opportunity for Iowa’s economy to grow and keep vital government functions funded.
John Hendrickson: To Iowa policymakers, the Kansas story is not a failed tax-cut experiment, but rather a warning about excessive government spending.
Shane Vander Hart: Our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed because a test is so easy that even a liberal Des Moines Register columnist can pass it.
Gov. Kim Reynolds may require a special session of the Iowa Legislature to overcome a $104.4 million shortfall in projected revenue to balance the budget.
After the Iowa State Board of Education had adopted Smarter Balanced, a new law required the Department of Education to issue an RFP for a new assessment.
John Hendirckson: Iowa taxpayers should be protected by a constitutional amendment that requires tax and fee increases to pass the Legislature with a supermajority.
John Hendrickson: Iowa taxpayers must be protected by a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote in the Legislature to increase taxes and fees.
Compassionate, popular policy unifies pro-life Republicans in Iowa and nationwide while Democrats fight over an extreme pro-abortion platform.
Almost 80 years ago Iowa banned the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks; the Iowa Legislature voted to lift the ban in time for the 4th of July.
Megan Jones: The Ombudsman’s office called for Iowa’s licensing boards to commit to greater transparency to improve public confidence in their work.
Shane Vander Hart: A Des Moines Register poll says a majority of Iowans oppose public funds being used for private options, earlier polls suggest otherwise.
John Hendrickson: States following limited-government policies, such as North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas, are leading the way in terms of economic growth.
John Hendrickson: Iowa lawmakers can learn from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 reforms as they debate collective bargaining reform here.