Way Too Early

The City of Des Moines plans to give 100% of the revenue from a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district to property developers.  The price tag for this development could reach $1 billion. Is that fair? ITR Foundation (ITRF) President Chris Ingstad is a student of TIF and has answers to some very basic questions: Is there any evidence to show that this will boost overall economic activity, and are these incentives really necessary?  Will individual taxpayers benefit in any way?

Runaway Property Taxes

This action-packed episode of ITR Live is sure to entertain as we talk about crazy Uber rides, one-of-a-kind BBQ, and the thrilling, action-packed, heart-pounding agenda of a state think tank policy conference.

The gang also talks about recent headlines focused on an upcoming round of real estate assessments for properties in Polk County. The Polk County assessor estimates that residential assessments will increase by 22% next year. If you aren’t enthused about the corresponding increase in your property tax bill, who is to blame? What can you do about it? What can the legislature do about it?

Tax Ferrets

Iowa once had a property tax system that involved the use of “Tax Ferrets,” whose job it was to investigate individual Iowans to ensure compliance.   On this episode of ITR Live, Chris got a new microphone and talks about the event where he got to meet all 11 of our listeners. Chris Ingstad and Sarah Curry join the podcast […]

Divide et Impera (Divide and Rule)

Chris, Chris, and John return from their long, unexplained hiatus to discuss two topics:

Pat Buchanan claims that Liberal Elites Detest Middle America after President Biden gave an inflammatory speech last week and brings receipts.
John praises Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver for being the quiet conservative in Iowa. Click to read the Senator Jack Whitver article.

ITR Foundation Gets Called Up to the Show

Trump cites the ITR Foundation Poll in his application to federal court for a special master. Another ITR Live episode with real breaking news: The ITR Foundation Poll is cited in former President Trump’s application to federal court for a special master. John tells us about the Durham Bulls’ Ripken the Dog, who fetches bats for the players. Chris Ingstad […]

Biden’s Way or the Iowa Way

As Americans try to deal with the impact of rising inflation, President Biden had a tweet this weekend with his plan to lower gas prices. Biden’s solution is issue a command that gas stations simply lower the price. Brilliant. Chris Hagenow, Chris Ingstad and Sarah Curry get together to discuss this stunning ignorance of free market economics and the audacity to believe that the President holds the power to dictate terms to private citizens.

Post Primary Extravaganza

ITR’s Chris Hagenow, and Ernie Adkison along with ITR Foundation’s Chris Ingstad get together to discuss chickens, bounce houses and pressure washers along with a few other random topics.   The results of Iowa’s primary elections. Big wins for Republican United States Senator Chuck Grassley and his opponent Micheal Franken. State Senator Zach Nunn wins big and will now be […]

A Brighter Future

Host Chris Hagenow was recently named President of Iowans for Tax Relief and is joined by new ITR Foundation President Chris Ingstad to discuss their new roles within the ITR family of organizations. The Chris’s talk about why the future is bright not only for their organizations but, more importantly, for the future of the state of Iowa. After explaining […]