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CGI News: Children of color in Iowa face disparate outcomes that jeopardize their well-being

Children of color in Iowa fare at best modestly better than their peers nationwide — and far more poorly than their white Iowa peers, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2024 Race for Results report. These findings reflect failure in Iowa and nationally to equip all children to succeed.

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CGI News: Iowa’s Tax System Exacerbates Inequality, National Study Finds

Iowa’s upside-down tax system, with the wealthy paying a far lesser share of their income to tax than low- and middle-income families, is about to get worse. New research from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows scheduled reductions in personal and corporate income taxes will widen this disparity, while proposals to eliminate state and local income taxes would make Iowa one of the 10 worst states for tax equity.

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CGI News: Income-tax elimination would target benefits to wealthy Iowans

If Iowa were to eliminate the state personal income tax, as Governor Kim Reynolds and key legislators propose, it would not only wipe out about half of state budget revenues, but overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Iowans. New analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) for Common Good Iowa projects an average tax cut of $60,228 for the top 1 percent of Iowa residents by income, compared to a $1,468 average break in the middle group of earners and only $45 in the lowest one-fifth of earners.

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Guest opinion: Iowans will hate what tax cuts bring

Iowans are going to hate it. They are going to hate the crowded classrooms, loss of exceptional teachers, and ballooning college tuition. They will hate it when friends and family lose health coverage, their local hospitals slash services or close altogether, and the state does even less to protect our air and water. They’re also going to hate they were not told the hard truth about tax cuts by the people promoting them, including Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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