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Iowa earns grade of A for manufacturing health

Iowa received a grade of A on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Story County’s $3,083-per-month cost of living is the highest in Iowa

Residents of Story County need to make $3,083 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Iowa.

Iowa’s public pensions are 61.2% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Iowa’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 61.2 percent of the total, the 36th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Iowa disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Iowa is $29,411, study finds

College graduates in Iowa have an average debt burden of $29,411, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 23.9% of total state, local levies in Iowa, study finds

State income tax revenues in Iowa represent 23.9 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

Iowa scores 70.6 out of 100 in litigation climate survey

Iowa earned a score of 70.6 out of 100 in a new ranking of state litigation climates released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Iowa ranks 10th highest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Iowa finished 10th highest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Iowa pension plans are 82% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Iowa public pension plans stands at 82%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Lee rated least livable among Iowa counties, study finds

Lee was ranked Iowa’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Iowa ranks 7th highest on distilled spirits taxes

The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Iowa ranked seventh in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

$320,582 in annual income gets you into Iowa’s top 1% club, study finds

Bring in at least $320,582 in yearly income, and you’ll be among the top 1 percent of earners in Iowa, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the ultra wealthy in every state.

Iowa ranks 4th highest on wine taxes, study finds

The state wine excise taxes in Iowa ranked fourth in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Iowa ranks 29th highest on state and local sales taxes, study finds

The combined state and average local sales taxes in Iowa ranked 29th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on July 2019 data.

Iowa ranks 32nd highest on beer taxes, study finds

The state beer excise taxes in Iowa ranked 32nd in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Iowa has 2nd lowest identity theft rate among the 50 states, study finds

Iowa finished 49th in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

By the Numbers: Iowa not among the 17 jurisdictions with vaping taxes

Seventeen jurisdictions in the nation have some form of vapor product excise tax, according to a new Tax Foundation analysis.

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