Spending limits are similar to speed limits in a school zone, both are designed to protect. In the case of local governments, they apply the brakes to slow spending down.
The most recent Revenue Estimating Conference prediction is aligning with actual results. January results will provide an even better understanding of revenue trends.
Constraining the size and scope of the federal government is an issue that should transcend politics or partisanship. State Attorneys General have a vital role in protecting states from regulatory and administrative overreach.
The public school system has a monopoly on education and expanding school choice in Iowa will not only force more accountability from our public schools, but it will also create greater competition and encourage better outcomes.
Many special elections include financial questions that directly affect property taxes for everybody in the area. Yet, voter turnout for these questions is typically a fraction of that achieved during general elections.
Although Iowa’s economy will not be immune to a national recession or other outside pressures, the fiscal condition of the state is solid.
Once Iowa’s tax reform is fully implemented, its tax ranking should jump to 13th-best in the nation — one of the best in the Midwest, leaving the other Big Ten teams in the dust.
Even with the extensive reforms as of late and the elimination of the county health levy, property taxes still remain a top concern of taxpayers with much work left to be done.
The turkey industry in Iowa employs or supports over 38,000 total jobs and is responsible for as much as $10.64 billion in total economic activity throughout the state.
Iowa’s property tax was first enacted in 1839. Although it has undergone several changes over the years, it continues to be a substantial burden to taxpayers across the state.