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Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

This year, policymakers have the opportunity to speed up scheduled tax cuts, make it easier... ...
Property Tax Pain

Property Tax Pain

It\'s reasonable for tax bills to increase in line with inflation and population growth. However,... ...
Imagination, and Gov’t, Are the Only Limitations

Imagination, and Gov’t, Are the Only Limitations

SC Johnson Administration Building - designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Photo by Kenneth J. Gill... ...
Iowa Needs to Put Taxpayers First

Iowa Needs to Put Taxpayers First

ITR President Chris Ingstad speaks during Governor Kim Reynolds\'s press conference on February 12, 2020.... ...
Midwest State Income and Sales Tax Rates

Midwest State Income and Sales Tax Rates

Research consistently shows reducing personal and corporate income taxes: Generates more consumer activity Increases ...
Illegal Haircut for Super Bowl MVP?

Illegal Haircut for Super Bowl MVP?

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, flew his barber from Kansas... ...
Cutting Iowa’s High Taxes

Cutting Iowa’s High Taxes

The TEF Iowa cartoon above perfectly illustrates the status of income tax reform. Iowa\'s high... ...
Property Taxes and Education Funding

Property Taxes and Education Funding

When looking at your property tax statement, the largest consumer of your dollars is the... ...
How to Contact Your Elected Officials

How to Contact Your Elected Officials

Elected officials remember persuasive stories supporting or opposing public policy. Your voice can make a... ...
Cutting Income Taxes Will Help Iowans

Cutting Income Taxes Will Help Iowans

Governor Kim Reynolds recently proposed a comprehensive tax plan to reduce income and property taxes... ...
Have Cities and Counties Outgrown the Need for Backfill Dollars?

Have Cities and Counties Outgrown the Need for Backfill Dollars?

Since 2015, Iowa\'s state government has been giving cities and counties property tax replacement dollars... ...
Property Taxes and Education Funding

Property Taxes and Education Funding

This week, the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa (TACI) provided some good info about your... ...
How big of a raise should state government get before you get a tax cut?

How big of a raise should state government get before you get a tax cut?

Iowa’s 2018 income tax reform started a multi-year process of rate reductions, increased federal conformity,... ...
Governor proposes path to 5.5% income tax rate

Governor proposes path to 5.5% income tax rate

In her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds announced her plan to Build Tomorrow\'s... ...
Property taxes for climate change. What’s next?

Property taxes for climate change. What’s next?

In case you haven’t heard, Iowa City is proposing a 24-cent increase per $1,000 assessed... ...
Time to Cut the Red Tape Tax

Time to Cut the Red Tape Tax

ITR\'s Job Licensing Solutions Match the Governor\'s   It is no secret Iowa is the second... ...
Session Opening Remarks from Leadership

Session Opening Remarks from Leadership

\"The ultimate goal is to ensure the people who work hard for their money are... ...
Opening the 2020 Legislative Session

Opening the 2020 Legislative Session

The opening remarks for the 2020 legislative session have a common theme: Iowans deserve every... ...
Government’s Bite of Your Apple

Government’s Bite of Your Apple

If the government sees you have an apple, they will always want a bite or... ...
Job Licensing Has a Chilling Effect on Iowa’s Economy

Job Licensing Has a Chilling Effect on Iowa’s Economy

Overly-Burdensome Job Licensing Has Unintended Consequences State and local tax revenue could increase over $400... ...
A 2020 Vision for Iowa

A 2020 Vision for Iowa

ITR Legislative Issue Guide Having 20/20 vision indicates a person’s vision is clear and sharp.... ...
Have Politicians Ever Made a Bad Decision?

Have Politicians Ever Made a Bad Decision?

Yes, they have.   Those bad decisions impact your daily life What can we do... ...
Income Tax Reform 2.0

Income Tax Reform 2.0

The Problem: Iowa has some of the highest income tax rates in the country. The... ...
ITR’s 2019 Year In Review

ITR’s 2019 Year In Review

\"When ITR is at the Capitol, they are not working for just one business or... ...
Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform

The Problem: Iowa is the 2nd most licensed state in the country. This makes it... ...
Stop Medicaid Recipient Fraud

Stop Medicaid Recipient Fraud

The Problem: It is unclear how much Medicaid recipient fraud is present in Iowa. Other... ...
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyist Transparency

Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyist Transparency

The Facts: Contract lobbyists are hired by: Cities Counties School Districts Taxpayer Funded Associations  ... ...
Regulatory Reform

Regulatory Reform

The Facts: Iowa has 160,000 restrictive terms, such as “must,” “shall,” and “may not,” in... ...
Principles of Sound Tax Policy

Principles of Sound Tax Policy

The best way to create economic growth is by lowering tax rates and reducing the... ...
Federal Funds Inventory

Federal Funds Inventory

The Problem: Roughly half of Iowa\'s budget consists of money from Uncle Sam. Federal funds... ...
Trees, Taxes, and Time

Trees, Taxes, and Time

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time... ...
There’s More Than One Way to Cut Tape

There’s More Than One Way to Cut Tape

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Legislature, and business leaders are all attempting to... ...
The State Orders You to Be Equal

The State Orders You to Be Equal

Two Iowa communities received equalization orders from the Iowa Department of Revenue. Residential property owners... ...
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