“Opportunity” is a much-used word in the political and policy arena. Often, in fact, it is misused.
What are the elements of public policy that lead to opportunity? How are we doing on those policies and how can we improve them? This is the focus of IPP’s fall 2018 series, “A Road for Opportunity.”
This is not a prepackaged bundle of silver-bullet answers to the challenges that face our state and its residents. Rather, it starts with some key issues and we will continually add to the list, and add depth to the topics on it. We will provide two-page, user-friendly pieces on a variety of topics, and will look for appropriate openings to help inform the public debate, especially when it is going off track and demands the kind of fact-based foundation that might be lacking. Our first pieces are here:
• Promoting economic security for Iowa workers
• Restoring success of Iowa Medicaid
• What real Iowa tax reform would look like
• Path to a better future starts with public education
• Tuition, college loan debt rise with state cuts
• Water quality and the Nutrient Reduction Strategy
• Child Care Assistance needs a boost in Iowa
• Building on Iowa’s smart energy leadership
We see this as a good start on shaping the kind of discussion that can move Iowa off the low-road, false pretense that we can cut our way to prosperity, toward solutions that put all Iowans on the high road to opportunity. We welcome your feedback, and we welcome opportunities to discuss these issues with you in your community or in other settings. We already have been to Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge and Johnston for presentations. We are working on others.
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