Governor’s Tax Plan By The Numbers

Governor’s Tax Plan By The Numbers

A state’s tax code is a tricky thing. No two states have identical laws governing their tax systems, so a direct, apples-to-apples comparison between states is impossible. There are lots of details and the ...
Governor Reynolds’ Tax Reform Ideas are Pro-Growth

Governor Reynolds’ Tax Reform Ideas are Pro-Growth

By John Hendrickson, Policy Director for ITR Foundation, and Jonathan Williams, Executive Vice President for policy and Chief Economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council.   Governor Kim Reynolds and free-market legislators are working to ...
Property Taxes Are Too High…  Start the Conversation

Property Taxes Are Too High… Start the Conversation

In Iowa, we expect to receive quality public services at a reasonable cost. However, in too many school districts, cities, and counties there is a gap between the amount of property taxes extracted from citizens ...
Breaking Government Dependency by Empowering Citizens

Breaking Government Dependency by Empowering Citizens

Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation has been a consistent voice against the unnecessary and often harmful stimulus money that has flowed to state and local governments across the country and certainly here in Iowa. This ...
Removing Regulatory Roadblocks to Home-Based Businesses

Removing Regulatory Roadblocks to Home-Based Businesses

A Des Moines Register headline from September 2020 posed a question that is already being answered in the affirmative: As working from home becomes routine, will others follow? It’s not just large corporations in Iowa’s ...
Program Integrity and Work Requirements

Program Integrity and Work Requirements

In Iowa, Medicaid is not only one of the most significant drivers of the budget but also one of the fastest growing. Medicaid is a shared expense between states and the federal government, but recent ...
Getting Iowans Back to Work through Unemployment Reform

Getting Iowans Back to Work through Unemployment Reform

Iowa employers currently have numerous jobs available illustrating that a major problem confronting businesses is the need for workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Iowa’s labor force and as the economy works through that impact, ...
Creating Opportunity by Removing Barriers

Creating Opportunity by Removing Barriers

The ability for Iowans, as well as those who relocate to Iowa, to earn a living will be greatly improved due to 2020’s historic occupational licensing reforms passed by the legislature and signed into law ...
Reducing Regulatory Burden Spurs Economic Growth

Reducing Regulatory Burden Spurs Economic Growth

“Regulations influence behavior. When we want less of something, we regulate it. For the sake of our families, young people, and low-income workers, we must not regulate jobs out of existence,” stated Rea Hederman, Executive ...

Videos

Parents Look to Take Back Local Schools

Parents Look to Take Back Local Schools

Parents are fed up with mask and vaccine mandates, gender and race issues in our local schools.  Citizens across Iowa are stepping up and running for their local school boards to take them back. Recently, ...
Iowa Needs School Choice

Iowa Needs School Choice

Mask mandates are the latest controversy in a series of events that has parents up in arms over what is best for their children. Recently, TEF Iowa Deputy Director Walt Rogers spoke with Jeff Angelo ...
Reducing Spending Without Sacrificing Services

Reducing Spending Without Sacrificing Services

In many communities across Iowa, local governments continue to ask for more property tax dollars, claiming that critical infrastructure and services will deteriorate without an increase. So, is it possible to reduce spending without sacrificing ...