Iowa State Treasurer Wants to Borrow Money to Cover Shortfall

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.

Some Ideas For How The Iowa Legislature Can Protect Taxpayers

John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature should also consider not only implementing tax relief that lowers rates but that also provides protections for taxpayers.

Tax Reform & Priority-Based Budgeting Can Solve Iowa’s Economic Problems

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.

Iowa Policymakers: Do Not Let Kansas or Liberals Scare You Away From Tax Reform

John Hendrickson: To Iowa policymakers, the Kansas story is not a failed tax-cut experiment, but rather a warning about excessive government spending.

About Those “Easy” Carry Permit Standards in Iowa

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.

A Special Session for Iowa Legislature to Balance Budget Seems Likely

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 Adopting Smarter Balanced, Iowa Looks for a New Assessment

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.

The Forgotten Rules, Regulations, and Costs of Fees on Iowa Taxpayers

John Hendirckson: Iowa taxpayers should be protected by a constitutional amendment that requires tax and fee increases to pass the Legislature with a supermajority.

Iowa Taxpayers Deserve Constitutional Protection

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.

Iowa Becomes 20th State to Enact Five Month Abortion Ban

Compassionate, popular policy unifies pro-life Republicans in Iowa and nationwide while Democrats fight over an extreme pro-abortion platform.

Iowa Legislature Lifts Decades-Old Fireworks Ban

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.

Licensure Isn’t The Problem, Transparency Is

Megan Jones: The Ombudsman’s office called for Iowa’s licensing boards to commit to greater transparency to improve public confidence in their work.

Where Do Iowans Really Stand on School Choice?

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.

Limited Government Policies Lead to Economic Growth

John Hendrickson: States following limited-government policies, such as North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas, are leading the way in terms of economic growth.

Scott Walker Should Be a Guide for Collective Bargaining Reform for Iowa

John Hendrickson: Iowa lawmakers can learn from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 reforms as they debate collective bargaining reform here.

Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyists Are Anathema

Shane Vander Hart: We get fleeced by taxpayer-funded lobbyists who ask for more taxpayer money on behalf of their taxpayer-funded department or agency.