The CON is Up: Time for More Freedom in Iowa’s Health Care Market

The CON is Up: Time for More Freedom in Iowa’s Health Care Market

Certificate of Need laws not only prevent competition but work to limit health care services and increase medical costs for Iowans.   The purpose of a Certificate of Need (CON) law is to regulate (limit) health care supply unless a need is determined by a state government agency or board. …

Does Government “Help” Prevent Growth?

The Iowa legislature is already making progress in creating a more friendly economic environment for job creators by passing needed tax reform legislation. The tax reform bill signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds begins the process of reducing Iowa’s high individual and corporate tax rates. In addition, this legislation …

The Failure of Progressive “Blue State” Economics

Progressives in Iowa are arguing that both Governor Kim Reynolds and the Senate Republican tax reform proposals would lead Iowa into a fiscal “train wreck.” Iowa Democrats have said if Republicans in the legislature lower tax rates the result will be a budget disaster similar to what occurred in Kansas. …

An Unfortunate Milestone: Our National Debt Has Reached $21 Trillion

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt,” stated President Herbert Hoover. Once again, the nation hit a record as our national debt has risen to $21 trillion. This does not include the trillions in unfunded liabilities from entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. …

General Fund Receipts through March 31

Iowa’s March 2018 net General Fund revenue was $163.4 million (-29.9%) below the March 2017 revenue level. Cash fiscal year-to-date net receipts are $265.4 million (5.1%) higher than FY 2017. According to Iowa LSA, three factors complicate month-to-month and year-to-date comparisons. Federal tax law changes have increases tax estimate payments. …

General Fund Receipts through February 28

Iowa’s February 2018 net General Fund revenue was $17.3 million (-2.7%) below the February 2017 revenue level. Cash fiscal year-to-date net receipts are $428.6 million (9.3%) higher than FY 2017. Accounting changes, deposit dates, and federal tax law changes are among the factors that complicate this month-to-month growth comparison. One major …

General Fund Receipts through January 31

Iowa’s January 2018 net General Fund revenue was $275.1 million above the January 2017 revenue level. Cash fiscal year-to-date net receipts are $446.1 million higher than FY 2017. Personal income tax +$274.4 MM Sales/use tax +$124.8 MM Corp tax +$39.3 MM Other taxes +$7.3 MM Other receipts +$9.1 MM Tax refunds not …