posted on December 13, 2013 06:06 PM
Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss and Iowa State University Economist David Swenson are the guests on this episode of Iowa Press. Goss and Swenson discuss current Midwestern economic conditions and the potential impact of tax reforms at the state and federal level.
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posted on December 13, 2013 05:21 PM
Economists David Swenson from Iowa State University and Ernie Goss from Creighton University say casinos in Iowa's border towns draw in money from out of state, but casinos more in the middle part of the state aren't necessarily good economic development tools. They say it's a money shift; the...
posted on December 13, 2013 05:18 PM
Economist Ernie Goss says a federal minimum wage increase would have some negative employment impact in the short term. He says the most important thing would be to close the gap between the incentive to work and the incentive not to work, since some unemployed people receive more in benefits...
posted on December 13, 2013 05:15 PM
Economist David Swenson says Farm Bill negotiations could contribute to constricting the economy a bit, especially in terms of potential cutbacks to food assistance programs and uncertainty affecting farmers' decision-making for the future.
posted on December 13, 2013 01:56 PM
Economist Ernie Goss says the steep rise in agricultural land prices in a short period of time has created a bubble, and there's no doubt that land price growth is coming down. He says it won't be like the farm crisis of the 1980s, because a lot of farmers have paid cash for purchases.
posted on December 13, 2013 01:51 PM
Economists David Swenson and Ernie Goss say they're concerned with youth unemployment because of the impact that demographic has on the entire work force. They say the economy needs skilled, engaged, experienced, young workers in order to thrive, but there's a disparity between opportunities for...
posted on November 27, 2013 04:30 PM
Political strategists Doug Gross and Jeff Link are the guests on this edition of Iowa Press.
The discussion includes a look at ongoing political developments throughout Iowa looking toward 2014.
Joining Gross and Link at the Iowa Press table are moderator Dean Borg; Kay Henderson, news...
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posted on November 27, 2013 02:59 PM
Republican strategist Doug Gross says recent polling shows Bob Vander Plaats would not be a lock for the Republican nomination if he decides to jump in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. Gross says the race is still unformed, and primary candidates will have to raise a lot of money and develop a good...
posted on November 27, 2013 02:56 PM
How much of a factor could Obamacare be in the 2014 election? Democratic strategist Jeff Link says once problems with the rocky start are fixed, people will come to like the law. Republican strategist Doug Gross says it's the gift that keeps on giving, and the problems with the law will be...
posted on November 27, 2013 02:53 PM
Democratic strategist Jeff Link says he thinks if Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, she will run an aggressive campaign in Iowa and will have a 50-state strategy. He says she has a more enhanced profile now than she had leading up to 2008.
posted on November 22, 2013 07:05 PM
Michael Fitzgerald, State Treasurer; Donna Mueller, CEO of IPERS; and Gretchen Tegeler, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa are the guests on this edition of Iowa Press.
The discussion will include public pensions, retirement and reforms.
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posted on November 22, 2013 02:54 PM
Donna Mueller, CEO of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), says there needs to be a funding policy in place for public pensions, and the government must continue to fund those commitments. She says one of the reasons IPERS isn't fully funded is because government hasn't always...
posted on November 22, 2013 02:48 PM
Donna Mueller, CEO of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), says Iowa was ahead of the ball on reforms to the pension system. Changes went into effect a couple years ago, and public employees are now contributing more and sharing in the risk.
posted on November 22, 2013 02:43 PM
Gretchen Tegeler, executive director of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, says there are alternate approaches that could be considered to take stress of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) and other public pensions. One would be to include a 401k-type of retirement...
posted on November 22, 2013 02:40 PM
State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald says IPERS is a good program, and it's worked relatively well for decades. However, he says it would be good public policy to cap benefits at a reasonable amount to prevent high salary earners from collecting six-figure annual pensions.