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.

Property Owners Aren’t a Blank Check

Grover Norquist and Chris Ingstad: Local spending limits would significantly reduce the “need” for local tax increases and make Iowa a more attractive place to live, invest, and do business.

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.

Iowa Needs to Total Up The Bill for Its Tax Credit Spending Spree

John Hendrickson and John C. Mozena: Iowa’s continued path to good jobs, economic growth and competitiveness isn’t from expanding tax credits or chasing high-profile deals.

Tax Reform in Iowa is Creating Economic Growth

John Hendrickson and Paul Bachman: It is imperative that the legislature work to continue lowering Iowa’s tax rates to create opportunities, economic growth, and make Iowa more competitive.

Episode 50: Jonathan Williams on Iowa’s Economic Outlook

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses Iowa’s economic outlook with Jonathan Williams with the American Legislative Exchange Council. Plus, more Americans think porn is morally acceptable, religious liberty is dead in Canada, and Donald Trump has declared the North Korea summit a success.

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.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Tax Reform Bill Into Law

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the tax reform bill, Senate File 2417, into law Wednesday at tablet manufacturer MobileDemand in Hiawatha.

Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Highlights

Shane Vander Hart thinks the passage of the fetal heartbeat abortion ban, tax reform, Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment, sanctuary city/county ban, and keeping Iowa’s statewide assessment development in the state are the top five highlights from the 2018 Iowa Legislative session.

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.

Iowa Legislature Called On to Lower Revenue Growth Trigger for Tax Cuts

A coalition of several pro-tax relief groups called on Iowa Legislators to lower the revenue growth trigger from 4 percent to 2.5 percent that the state would need to reach before implementing the tax cuts.

Reynolds, Iowa House and Senate Leaders Announce Agreement on Tax Reform

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ office announced an agreement between the Governor and Iowa House and Senate leaders on the tax reform package under consideration this session. The legislation when passed represents the largest tax reform package in state history.

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 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. 

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.