Excessive Regulations Have Detrimental Effects

Excessive Regulations Have Detrimental Effects

“When I started my business 40 years ago, the regulations I had to follow fit into a binder.  Now, I can stack them from the floor to the ceiling.”  A longtime business owner near Pella shared this thought recently and while we didn’t actually break out a measuring tape to …

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

The late intellectual historian Stephen J. Tonsor wrote that in America, “the Founding is determinative, and the Constitution stands at the very center of American political conservatism.” As Tonsor wrote:   Central to conservative doctrine, and the translation of this doctrine into the politics of a particular time and place, …

TEF Iowa Hosts Midwest Policy Summit

TEF Iowa Hosts Midwest Policy Summit

Five state policy organizations recently met to discuss principles that create opportunity and promote liberty.   TEF Iowa recently hosted and sponsored the second meeting of the Midwest Policy Summit. Policy organizations from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska met to discuss public policy issues confronting the Midwest. Some of …

The Forgotten Word in Politics: Restraint

The Forgotten Word in Politics: Restraint

It has been almost 100 years since government has shown spending restraint. What can be done to slow down our $22,000,000,000,000 national debt?   The $22 trillion national debt symbolizes not only the broken budget process of today’s federal government, but decades of overspending by both Republicans and Democrats. MarketWatch …

Minimum Wage Hikes Result in Unintended Consequences

Minimum Wage Hikes Result in Unintended Consequences

Unfortunately, for many young and low skilled workers, raising the minimum wage actually results in lowering their wage to $0 because they will no longer have the legal opportunity to sell their labor to provide for themselves. Guest Column By Christina Herrin As presidential candidate hopefuls make their trek to …

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. When …

Conservative Principles of Public Policy

Conservative Principles of Public Policy

The government, even with the best intentions, cannot solve every problem.   “What is conservatism? Is it not preference for the old and tried, over the new and untried?” stated Abraham Lincoln in defining conservatism. The conservative view of public policy has always been to examine issues and policies based …

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. …

Will Iowa Become a Pro-Growth State?

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Iowa “best state in the nation when it comes to infrastructure, healthcare, opportunity, and education.” Although this ranking is something Iowa can be proud of it does not mean that improvements cannot be made, especially regarding our state’s high and complex tax code. …