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Healthcare as Stimulus and Infrastructure?

Between last fall’s election and inauguration day, many of us were speculating about what health care changes we could expect under President Joe Biden. Nearly three months into his presidency, the picture still is not crystal clear.   Since President Biden’s inauguration, the administration has reversed some of the...
By TEF Iowa | April 13, 2021 | Healthcare

Iowa Needs a Property Tax Solution

  Property taxpayers in Iowa are frustrated. Taxpayers often blame assessors for high property tax bills, but it is government spending that results in high property taxes. Property taxes are also a form of wealth tax.   For example, if the value of a home increased by 10 percent,...
By TEF Iowa | April 9, 2021 | Property Taxes

Personal Stories: How Education Choice Impacts Others

The future of Iowa and our country lies in our children's hands. We must provide them with the best tools possible to succeed.  The most important thing is education.  Iowa has a proud heritage of public education and many schools and teachers do a great job educating our children.  However, they do not meet the needs...
By TEF Iowa | April 7, 2021 | Education, Header

Dr. Amber Robinson

“Every family deserves the ability to afford an education they believe fits their children best.” “I started in the classroom as a ‘talented and gifted’ teacher. Later on, I crossed over into administration. I’ve worked here in Waterloo, then in Des Moines and now back here again – so I’ve...
By TEF Iowa | April 7, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Beware of Tax Rate Complacency

Toyota Financial Services recently announced that as a result of consolidating customer service centers, the Cedar Rapids facility will close and cut 600 jobs, due in part to the private sector employing 5% fewer people than a year ago. The consolidation of customer service centers is a loss for...
By TEF Iowa | April 1, 2021 | Income Taxes

Break the Monopoly

  In a recent article, Robert Pondiscio, a Senior Fellow and Vice President for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, made a compelling argument on the need for competition in education. Pondiscio is writing from experience as a former public school educator and as a parent. As...
By TEF Iowa | March 25, 2021 | Education

Gov. Reynolds Should Reject Federal COVID Relief Money

President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are celebrating the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), which is a $1.9 trillion package aimed at providing COVID-19 relief. The $1.9 trillion “stimulus” is in addition to $4 trillion in previous spending directed towards pandemic relief. The American...
By TEF Iowa | March 22, 2021 | Economy

Alayna Davidson

“Education is definitely not a one-size-fits-all deal... That’s why having the choice where you go is so important.”   “I was in a lot of foster homes as a child. Then, I was adopted by the Davidsons when I was eight years old. My mom and dad knew about...
By TEF Iowa | March 22, 2021 | School Choice Stories

The Politicization of Education

An Iowa Grandfather recently shared a conversation he had with his granddaughter about what she was learning in American History. His granddaughter, who is a fourth-grade public school student, was learning about the American Revolution. After inquiring what she learned, she replied, “Grandpa, did you know that the revolutionary...
By TEF Iowa | March 22, 2021 | Education

Debunking the Myths Surrounding School Choice

  Public funds are never used for private entities.  Fiction Many government programs are based on funding individuals directly rather than funding institutions. Public funds are often used for private purposes such as food stamps, Pell Grants, the G.I. Bill, and Medicaid. Individuals and families who are recipients of...
By TEF Iowa | March 19, 2021 | Education, Header

Johan & Kelly Carl

“We like that we have the freedom to choose where we send our boys to school. We’re also very thankful that we are financially able to do that because there are so many other families out there that don’t have the same opportunities as we do.”   “Kelly and...
By TEF Iowa | March 19, 2021 | School Choice Stories

School Choice: Bureaucrats vs. Students

At the center of the school choice debate is whether families or bureaucrats are in control of education.   Governor Kim Reynolds has made parental choice in education a priority for the 2021 legislative session. Whether it is ensuring all Iowa students have the option to return to class...
By TEF Iowa | March 15, 2021 | Education, Header

Jahkia Boyum

“I feel like everybody should have the ability to make a choice like I did..."...
By TEF Iowa | March 10, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Iowa Needs Job Licensing & Board Reviews

During the last legislative session, the legislature passed, and Governor Kim Reynolds signed a historic occupational licensing reform measure.  The law allows for universal recognition of out-of-state licenses, waives licensing fees for low-income individuals, and establishes a standard for a fairer review process if a license is denied based...
By TEF Iowa | March 9, 2021 | Occupational Licensing

Conservative Iowa Budget

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Republican-led legislature have mainly been following fiscal conservative principles of limiting spending and reducing tax rates. Gov. Reynolds even received an “A” grade from Cato Institute’s 2020 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors for her fiscal conservatism.   As a result of conservative budgeting practices,...
By TEF Iowa | March 8, 2021 | Budget, Header

Benefits of Competition in Education

During her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds outlined a comprehensive school choice reform plan. One aspect of this calls for expanding charter schools in Iowa. Charter schools are public schools that are run independently but are still held accountable to state and federal standards. These schools...
By TEF Iowa | March 4, 2021 | Education

How to Stop Corporate Subsidies on the Taxpayers’ Dime?

Des Moines is rightly excited about plans to build multiple new sports facilities. But Iowa taxpayers ought to be concerned about the city’s request for $57 million in state subsidies to underwrite real estate developers’ profits. Cronyism of this sort has been a consistent problem across America, but there’s...
By TEF Iowa | March 3, 2021 | Economy

Creating Educational Opportunity

Coretha lost her husband sixteen years ago. Twelve years later, she lost her daughter, Da’Onna. After this tragedy, Coretha is raising her three grandchildren by herself.   Although she was happy with the local public school, she quickly found that her grandchildren were being bullied. She began looking for...
By TEF Iowa | February 26, 2021 | Education, Header

Coretha Monmouth

“Educations savings account would make it possible for my kids to attend the school that best fits them.”   “I’m raising my three grandkids after my youngest daughter, Da’Onna, passed away four years ago.”   “Da’Onna became sick and I moved in with her to help out with the...
By TEF Iowa | February 26, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Time to Eliminate Barriers to Tax Relief

Tax rates matter, and they play a significant role in how competitive a state economy is in relation to other states. Higher tax rates penalize hard-working individuals, families, and businesses and deter economic growth, making a state less competitive.   To make Iowa more economically competitive, Governor Kim Reynolds...
By TEF Iowa | February 25, 2021 | Income Taxes

Can Uncle Sam Afford a $1.9 Trillion Stimulus?

President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are pushing for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Congress has already approved $4 trillion in pandemic relief and stimulus measures and billions of that money has yet to be spent. Congress is also considering a $6.1 trillion budget and the $28...
By TEF Iowa | February 25, 2021 | Economy, Federal Funds

A Needed Reform for Iowa’s Property Taxpayers

Iowa’s high property taxes are a growing concern. The Tax Foundation examined the “effective tax rates on owner-occupied housing” across the United States. Iowa ranked 12th highest in the nation. At the heart of high property taxes is local government spending. Unless spending is controlled, any property tax relief will be limited....
By TEF Iowa | February 24, 2021 | Header, Property Taxes

School Choice Success in Des Moines

By offering a customized and unique curriculum, Joshua Christian Academy in Des Moines offers its students hope and opportunity they would not otherwise have had in traditional public schools....
By TEF Iowa | February 23, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Sarah Curry

“Educations savings account would make it possible for my kids to attend the school that best fits them.”   “We moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina and live on an acreage just outside the city limits of Glenwood, Iowa. We drive down three miles of gravel road to get...
By TEF Iowa | February 22, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Chassidi Martin

“Putting dollars behind the child with education savings accounts... would  give many more families the ability to choose the education that fits their values and child’s needs.”   “I was born and raised here in Waterloo, Iowa. I’ve always been very Waterloo-proud. When I went to college, I wanted...
By TEF Iowa | February 18, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Should Kansas’ Experience with Tax Reform Stop Reform in Iowa?

Reforming a state tax code in order to provide relief, economic growth, and create a more competitive economic climate is straightforward in terms of economics, but difficult in the world of politics. A major reason for this difficulty is tax rate reductions are in direct conflict with numerous policy...
By TEF Iowa | February 16, 2021 | Income Taxes

The Historical Roots of Big Government

Our government has changed drastically since the American Founding. The implied powers of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution have expanded greatly and almost all aspects of American life is impacted on some level by government. How did we go from a government that was designed by the...
By TEF Iowa | February 15, 2021 | Constitution, Law & Policy

Rev. Keith Ratliff

“...parents must have to be able to give their child an education that isn’t at odds with what they’re teaching at home."   "Back in 2008, Mrs. Chris Hurley and myself began talking to each other about the importance of having a Christian school in the urban area, in...
By TEF Iowa | February 10, 2021 | School Choice Stories

Pro-Growth Tax Reform Through Broadening Sales Tax

In 2018, Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa legislature passed a comprehensive tax reform measure that lowers both the individual and corporate income tax rates as well as broadens the sales tax base.   Although the 2018 reform was historic, Iowa will still have high income tax rates. Iowa’s...
By TEF Iowa | February 8, 2021 | Header, Income Taxes, Sales & Excise Taxes

Coolidge Serves as a Guide for National Policy

In the 20th century, President Calvin Coolidge represents the best example of American conservatism. Whether in his political philosophy or temperament, Calvin Coolidge can serve as a guide for today’s conservatives. Conservatives during the 1920s placed the American Founding and the Constitution as their philosophical center as a “veritable...
By TEF Iowa | February 8, 2021 | Law & Policy