Category Archives: Iowa Policy Project

Branstad’s Legacy

Looks like Governor-For-Life Terry Branstad will soon be leaving us on that slow boat to China. Who cares how he gets there as long as he leaves. As he begins to leave we can look back briefly on what shape … Continue reading

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IPP And Senator Dvorsky On The Budget Shortfall

Last Monday Mike Owen the Executive Director of the Iowa Policy Project and Research Director Peter Fisher gave a presentation at the Moral Monday meeting March 13th. This video is about 40 minutes long. It is all very self-explanatory except … Continue reading

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IPP Sponsors Two Events Exposing ALEC

With all the damage ALEC is wreaking in Iowa these days it may be a very good time to make sure that everybody understands just what ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). As so often happens in Iowa during a time … Continue reading

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SCREWED

I write this just after learning that the Iowa legislature has set the state back about a century as they strip public unions of almost all rights they have in the workplace. Republicans have their usual BS reasons why it … Continue reading

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Busting Iowa’s Public Unions

(2 minutes) Looks like Republicans will finally achieve one of Terry Branstad’s dreams: public unions are on the verge of being effectively destroyed in Iowa. The Iowa Policy Project did an analysis of the effects of the republican attacks on … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Issues And The Iowa Legislature

A quite disappointing session by most any standards. The legislature did little to give Iowa’s middle class and poor hope that there would be any help coming their way. Republicans in the legislature were able to keep some of the … Continue reading

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Iowa Jobs Far Short of Governor’s Goal

IWD presentation promotes bogus job growth number Statement by Mike Owen, IPP Executive Director MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015 Editor’s note: When a story on the radio presented the Governor’s number as news last week, I figured I’d better seek out … Continue reading

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IPP: Branstad’s Administrative Tax Cut For Businesses

If you are looking for solid, fact based opinions on what effect Iowa’s fiscal policies will have in the real world before they are enacted one of the best sources around is the Iowa Policy Project. Once more under the … Continue reading

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Wide Benefits Projected In County Minimum Wages In Iowa

​ FOR RELEASE TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2015 CONTACT: MIKE OWEN, (319) 338-0773, mikeowen@iowapolicyproject.org For full report: http://www.iowapolicyproject.org/2015docs/150811-minwage.pdf IPP News Wide benefits projected in county minimum wages in Iowa In Linn, Johnson, $15 wage would boost combined 43,000 workers IOWA CITY, … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Call for Special Session on School Funding

From Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquard On July 2nd, Governor Branstad vetoed $56 million in urgently needed school funding. The money was approved by lawmakers in a compromise during the 2015 legislative session. In an effort to restore school funding, I and … Continue reading

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