Public Interest Institute

The Project Labor Agreement for the Iowa Events Center: An Unnecessary Burden on the Workers, Businesses, and Taxpayers of Iowa

Public Interest Institute Staff
March 1, 2006

The Iowa Events Center project was conceived by the Polk County Board of Supervisors to help revitalize the downtown Des Moines area.

Obama-Inspired EPA Carbon-Dioxide Regulations May Bankrupt Iowans

Deborah D. Thornton
February 11, 2015

Examines the potential economic impact in Iowa of proposed clean air/carbon-dioxide regulations on new and existing power plants.

Do Workers a Disservice - Raise the Minimum Wage

Robert N. Stewart
October 1, 2005

Frustrated by failed attempts at the federal level, supporters of an increased minimum wage are turning to voters in various states to help them succeed in achieving their objective.

Teen Unemployment in Iowa

Amy K. Frantz
August 1, 2012

For many teens in Iowa, a job is not only a means of earning spending money or saving for a college education, it is a way to gain experience, both at a particular job and

Water, Water Everywhere but Not a Drop for Power

Deborah D. Thornton
January 10, 2013

If the United States and state governments are concerned about renewable energy and global climate change issues caused by power generation from traditional sources such as oil and coal, they must

The Negative Consequences for Iowa of an Enterprise Value Tax

Donald P. Racheter, Jennifer L. Crull and Amy K. Frantz
April 1, 2012

As part of the Obama administration’s quest for additional revenue, they have proposed a tax aimed at business owners.

The Peril of the Republic: The Decline of Civic Education

John Hendrickson
July 1, 2011

A lack of civic education has escalated and many students and the general population demonstrate ignorance in understanding American history, government, and Western Civilization, says John Hendric

Policy Study - No Income Tax: The Key to Economic Growth

Amy K. Frantz
May 1, 2008

Seven states in our nation collect no state income tax from their citizens: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

Institute Brief - No Income Tax: The Key to Economic Growth

Amy K. Frantz
September 1, 2008

Seven states in our nation collect no state income tax from their citizens: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

Will Earmark Reform Stop Earmarks?

Amy K. Frantz
March 1, 2007

During his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush called for earmark reform, and at least a portion of the Congressional audience cheered and clapped.

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