AFP-Iowa: Positioning Iowa to Manage COVID-19

Even with uncertainty around COVID-19, AFP-Iowa is encouraged by some of the moves elected officials are taking to ensure greater levels of access to care.

Empower Property Taxpayers with Direct Notification

John Hendrickson and Laura Ebke: Requiring a direct public notification that is sent to taxpayers is a needed reform that would help improve Iowa’s property tax accountability and transparency law.

Ernst, Norquist Tout the Benefits of Lower Taxes and Fewer Regulations

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist explained the benefit of lower taxes and fewer regulations at the ITR/NFIB Tax Day Lunch.

Poll Shows Iowans Support Reynolds’ Invest in Iowa Tax Plan

According to the poll of over 800 Iowans, 51.8% of Iowans were in favor of tax reform similar to what Governor Kim Reynolds has proposed, with only 32.5% opposed.

Iowa’s Golden Opportunity for Pro-Growth Tax Reform

John Hendrickson and Jonathan Williams: The strong national economy provides a golden opportunity for Iowa policymakers to continue to advance bold, pro-growth tax policy.

2020: A Legislative Year for Smaller Government and Smarter Solutions

Walt Rogers: Lowering income tax rates and unshackling excessive occupational licensing regulations are two policy examples of smaller government and smarter solutions.

Iowans Deserve a Better Tax System Now

John Hendrickson and Dr. Andrew J. Kidd: State policymakers should take full advantage of Iowa’s economic strength and surpluses to pursue pro-growth tax reforms—without delay.

New Report Outlines Policy Changes that Could Grow Iowa’s Economy by $610 Million

A report released by Tax Education Foundation of Iowa using Buckeye Institute economic modeling shows policy changes could save taxpayers nearly $1,250 each year.

The Education Funding Debate in Iowa

Walt Rogers: Those who argue Iowa does not fully fund education need to decide whether additional spending is funded with tax hikes or budget cuts elsewhere.

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.

California Bans State Travel to Iowa Over Medicaid Defunding of Transgender Surgeries

Iowa becomes the 11th state added to California’s official travel ban list because it defunded sex reassignment surgeries of Medicaid dollars.

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.

‘Red Flag’ Legislation Is Unlikely in Iowa

Any attempt to introduce “red flag” legislation in the Iowa Legislature next session will likely face stiff opposition and is unlikely to pass.

Reynolds Vetoes Limits Iowa Legislature Placed on Attorney General

Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a measure requiring the Attorney General to get the Governor, Executive Council, or Legislature’s sign-off on out-of-state litigation.

What Did the Iowa Legislature Do on Behalf of Taxpayers?

Iowans for Tax Relief recaps the 2019 session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly on what the legislature did to advance sound fiscal policy.

Iowa Board of Regents Adopt Freedom of Expression Policy

The Iowa Board of Regents adopted a policy statement on the freedom of expression without discussion during their meeting on April 18th.