This article was published in the Washington Examiner and Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Iowa should use the significant progress made in the nation lowering income tax rates as a source of momentum for further improvements. The last few years have been historic for state-based income tax reforms, and Iowa has become a national leader in this revolution as a result of […]
Local governments have a tax and spend mentality. For long-lasting property tax relief to occur, the state legislature must focus on reining in overall spending rather than reconfiguring how spending is done. Conversations about property taxes frequently focus on one of the major taxing bodies: cities, counties, or school districts. And rightfully so, as those three types of local governments […]
This article was published in National Review. On the current path, it seems inevitable that the federal government won’t live up to its obligations to the states. State policy-makers need to find ways to push back against Washington, D.C. The late constitutional scholar James McClellan described federalism as a principle that the American Founders had woven “into the constitutional fabric” of […]
Analysis shows Iowa was following national trends in 2021. Public policy decisions have consequences, as is evident when viewing IRS data on the number of individuals who move and establish residency in new states each year. While some states like California and Illinois are experiencing an oversized exodus, Iowa did not have a huge gain or loss from domestic migration […]
With the fiscal year now over, the state will continue its accounting of 2023. In state government finance, July 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year- Happy 2024, everyone! The start of a new year means we can now begin to look back at the full year of 2023 activity. And while Iowa’s books are technically closed on 2023, […]
Instead of crying wolf every time a minimal amount is cut from their revenue growth, local governments should rein in their spending. The dust hasn’t even settled on a new property tax law that provides tax breaks to seniors and veterans and local governments are already crying wolf. An article published by Axios Des Moines claims the new property tax […]
Media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal are beginning to recognize that the Red-state model of limited spending and pro-growth tax reform is working.
A recent editorial by The Wall Street Journal highlights several progressive Democrat “Blue” states confronting budget problems as a result of overspending and tax increases. States such as New York, New Jersey, and California are experiencing declines in tax revenue, threatening their inflated budgets.