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Newsletter Archive

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Roadmap to recovery Freeze Government Salaries Taxes: Do No Harm Remove Excessive Licensing Regulations Increase... ...
Issue Guide for the Reconvened Legislative Session

Issue Guide for the Reconvened Legislative Session

Iowans have responded to their government’s call to protect their neighbors. Lawmakers must return that... ...
Iowa’s Digital Divide: Rural Broadband Access

Iowa’s Digital Divide: Rural Broadband Access

Lawmakers can use these tools to connect more Iowans to broadband while using taxpayer dollars... ...
Nancy Pelosi pushing more spending

Nancy Pelosi pushing more spending

Economic problems created by COVID-19 should not be used as an excuse to send absurd... ...
Legislature to Reconvene June 3rd

Legislature to Reconvene June 3rd

Iowa House and Senate leadership have joined the Governor in asking Iowa\'s Revenue Estimating Conference... ...
Show Me Reform

Show Me Reform

Excessive and burdensome occupational licensing laws serve as a hidden red tape tax that disproportionately... ...
Keeping an Eye on Georgia

Keeping an Eye on Georgia

Three weeks ago Georgia\'s Governor started to ease restrictions in his state. Soon after, ITR... ...
Legislative Candidate Forums

Legislative Candidate Forums

ITR was founded in 1978 by a longtime legislator named David Stanley. When Dave retired... ...
Iowa’s economy has shrunk $1.6 billion

Iowa’s economy has shrunk $1.6 billion

Income, jobs, and government tax revenue are disappearing. Iowa\'s overall economy is looking at a... ...
We Don’t CARE for Needless Spending

We Don’t CARE for Needless Spending

Iowa may not need more money through a fifth COVID-19 relief package that compels more... ...
Are Federal Economic Impact Payments Taxable?

Are Federal Economic Impact Payments Taxable?

Will the federal COVID-19 economic impact payments be taxable in Iowa?   No. The COVID-19... ...
Freeze Government Salaries

Freeze Government Salaries

A decision to hold the line on employee costs would help free up state money... ...
Georgia’s Reopening Worth Studying

Georgia’s Reopening Worth Studying

We are all still required to be smart, vigilant, and considerate toward others. This is... ...
Deregulation Can Fuel Recovery

Deregulation Can Fuel Recovery

\"They should make these deregulatory reforms permanent. Longstanding, destructive regulations are always stupid. But ...
Getting Our Economic Train Back on the Tracks

Getting Our Economic Train Back on the Tracks

While our economy is currently derailed, getting it back on the tracks and flipping the... ...
Expanding Educational Opportunities with 529 Expansion

Expanding Educational Opportunities with 529 Expansion

Expanding 529s should be part of the solution to assist parents and students across the... ...
ITR Asks Congress to Fix the Federal CARES Act

ITR Asks Congress to Fix the Federal CARES Act

Without additional flexibility at the local level, municipalities that depend heavily on sales tax revenue... ...
Iowans Are Hurting

Iowans Are Hurting

\"This is not the fault of any Iowan or the state. The state of Iowa... ...
Houston, We Have a Problem

Houston, We Have a Problem

Property tax bills, with increases as much as 8%, will be forthcoming at a time... ...
Telehealth House Calls

Telehealth House Calls

Using telehealth during a pandemic saves valuable PPE and keeps doctors, nurses, and patients from... ...
You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail

For the first time, every registered voter in Iowa will be sent an absentee ballot... ...
State Government’s Response to Coronavirus

State Government’s Response to Coronavirus

For the past several weeks, Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature have been taking many... ...
Is Government Tracking You?

Is Government Tracking You?

If movement is restrained, Iowans need to be guaranteed the state government will not tread... ...
A Roadmap Back to Normal

A Roadmap Back to Normal

Through innovation, perseverance, and sacrifice, the United States will bring the coronavirus under control. ...
How exposed is Iowa’s economy?

How exposed is Iowa’s economy?

Recent analysis shows Iowa\'s economic situation might be able to withstand this downturn better than... ...
Protect Your Money from Scams

Protect Your Money from Scams

Scammers try to take advantage of people during trying or uncertain times like we’re experiencing... ...
Hey Government, Get Out of the Way!

Hey Government, Get Out of the Way!

State government needs to step out of the way so Iowans can receive quality healthcare... ...
Questionable Use of TIF in Des Moines

Questionable Use of TIF in Des Moines

When addressing genuine issues of blight, using TIF to subsidize development might make sense. All... ...
Keeping Your Distance – From Taxes

Keeping Your Distance – From Taxes

Would you like a break from coronavirus news?   In a normal springtime without a... ...
Policy Prescriptions for this Crisis

Policy Prescriptions for this Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an immediate threat to our physical health. The policy response to... ...
Little Things Make A Big Difference

Little Things Make A Big Difference

Great things happen when individuals act voluntarily and work together to make society better.  We... ...
Cutting Bureaucratic Red Tape

Cutting Bureaucratic Red Tape

Friday, March 20, 2020 Unnecessary barriers to work in the medical field at this time... ...
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