Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall: Biden Recession Ahead?

Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall: Biden Recession Ahead?

Iowa’s economy is in strong condition. Problems remain, such as the need for more workers to fill the thousands of open jobs throughout Iowa. Nevertheless, thanks to sound conservative fiscal policies from Governor Kim Reynolds ...
Put Tighter Restraints on Local Governments Addicted to Property Taxes

Put Tighter Restraints on Local Governments Addicted to Property Taxes

Property taxes are despised. Believe me, I and my organization hear from Iowans of all political stripes about the giant bite property taxes take from family budgets. Now inflation is adding pressure by pushing up ...
Rolling Blackouts May Be Coming to Upper Midwest—Including Iowa

Rolling Blackouts May Be Coming to Upper Midwest—Including Iowa

Rolling blackouts may be coming to the Upper Midwest—including Iowa— this summer, according to an analysis from the North American Reliability Council (NERC), a nonprofit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the effective ...
“It’s Easy” To Spend Taxpayer Dollars

“It’s Easy” To Spend Taxpayer Dollars

Why do local governments believe they need so much of your money? In recent years, Iowa property valuations have increased considerably. Large valuation increases usually translate into increased revenue for local governments in the form ...
Look West to Find a Golden Property Tax Solution

Look West to Find a Golden Property Tax Solution

After looking at real estate in Utah, an Iowa couple was shocked at Utah’s low property taxes and declared, “Iowa should do whatever Utah is doing!” They are correct. Iowa should fix its broken property ...
A Pro-Taxpayer Budget

A Pro-Taxpayer Budget

The 2022 legislative session was historic for Iowa taxpayers. Nearly two months ago the legislature passed the largest tax relief measure in Iowa history, which was signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds on March ...
What Drives Citizens to Move?

What Drives Citizens to Move?

Do you ever get together with friends and instead of socializing about normal topics, you get thrown into a conversation about taxes?  Well, that is exactly what happened to me the other day.  Admittedly, having ...
Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline

Iowa’s unemployment rate declined to 3 percent in April, which is down from 3.3 percent in March. “The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 50,900 in April from 55,600 in March. The total number of ...
Healthcare Reform Obstacles

Healthcare Reform Obstacles

Every time I write about healthcare reform, I receive at least one comment about the need to get the government out of healthcare entirely. I’m not unsympathetic to this argument, but I think it’s unrealistic. It ...

Podcast

The Hendrickson Group: Property Taxes

The Hendrickson Group: Property Taxes

ITR Foundation President Chris Ingstad and Policy Director John Hendrickson joined the ITR Live podcast to discuss the ongoing efforts in Iowa to cut taxes, specifically regarding the skyrocketing property tax burden.
“It’s Easy” To Spend Taxpayers Dollars

“It’s Easy” To Spend Taxpayers Dollars

ITR Foundation President Chris Ingstad and Research Director Sarah Curry joined the ITR Live podcast to talk about what Indianola property taxpayers are facing and why local governments believe they need so much money.
The Electoral College

The Electoral College

ITR Foundation Policy Director John Hendrickson joined the ITR Live podcast to talk about why it is important that the Iowa Caucuses remain first in the nation and the importance of the Electoral College.