Once again we wish to thank Iowa Policy Project for their solid and in depth analysis on issues in the state of Iowa. We are quite lucky to have such a policy analysis group in a small state such as Iowa. They sent out his teaser in email last week. We recommend taking some time to walk through their analysis:
Looking back at the session
Another year of a tuition freeze and a change in Child Care Assistance to help working parents who go to school part time — both moves from the 2014 legislative session should help working families. But much was left on the table when lawmakers went home.
‘How much?’ is the question
Raise in Iowa’s minimum wage is long overdue
Stability can be overrated. The state’s minimum wage has not been raised since January 1, 2008. That means six years of increases in costs of food, health care, child care, clothes, utility bills, transportation costs from fuel to vehicles to insurance. You name it and if it’s part of a regular household budget, the costs have gone up, whether you’re making six figures or the minimum wage. But the minimum wage has held at $7.25 an hour, well below the cost of living in our state. Read more about this on Iowa Policy Points, with these posts:
On our blog: Making policy matter
As Iowa Policy Project research has described, frac sand mining poses environmental, aesthetic and economic threats to one of Iowa’s most picturesque regions. Local officials in Allamakee County are attempting to respond. Learn more in David Osterberg’s post on Iowa Policy Points, or his radio interview with Michael Devine on KVFD Fort Dodge.
Iowa has a jobs deficit
While there are more people working now than there were before the recession started in December 2007, a full recovery not only would recapture lost jobs but also create enough new jobs to keep up with increased population. And by that measure, Iowa remains about 56,100 short. Read more about the Iowa job picture in our latest Iowa JobWatch report.
Did you know?
The federal Earned Income Tax Credit benefits about 15 percent of Iowa tax filers. In tax year 2012, this contributed over $439 million to the Iowa economy. See what it looks like in your community.