IOWA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES MEETING
Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held a yearly meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families. Legislative leadership from 10 states send small teams of legislators to the forum. Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners and develop an action plan that is relevant to their state.
Read Iowa's state action plans below including a list of attending legislators, priorities areas and legislative action by meeting participants related to their working families policy goals.
History of Participation
Iowa has participated eleven times in the Family Opportunity Leadership Forum. Here are the state action plans for Iowa and a list of team members who have participated in our meeting since 2003.
List of State Team Members from All Years
State Action Plans
All Iowa's State Action Plans and Participants
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View Iowa's Featured State page for more about state team accomplishments.
Legislative Action by Year
The following legislative actions were taken by team members in relation to their action plan. Legislative actions include follow up meetings with key stakeholders, constituent meetings and newsletters, statutory enactments and resolutions, appropriations, and the creation of legislative working groups.
- IA HB 648 (2013) - Appropriates $100,000 to fund organizations operating individual development account programs.
- IA SB 295 (2013) - Increases the state EITC from 7 to 14 percent.
- IA SB 2336 (2012) - Appropriates $195,678 for tax preparation and EITC outreach.
- IA HB 2526 (2011) - Appropriates $195,678 for tax preparation and EITC outreach.
- IA S 209 (2011) - Raises the state EITC from 7 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit. The measure was vetoed by the governor.
- IA HB 2526 (2010) - Appropriates $200,000 for tax preparation and EITC outreach.
- IA HB 64 (2009) - Appropriates to the Department of Human Rights $250,000 for deposit in the individual development account state match fund. Moneys appropriated to the individual development account state match fund under this subsection shall be used to provide the state match to account holders affected by a natural disaster occurring in 2008, and who have a household income that is equal to or less than three hundred percent of the federal poverty level.
- IA HB 811 (2009) - Appropriates $219,423 to an Iowa-based nonprofit that will assess and recommend various strategies for developing assets through savings (including IDAs and financial education). Also charges the nonprofit with expanding the usage of the federal EITC among low-income Iowans. Directs that microenterprise business development be considered.
- IA SB 2367 (2009) - Creates the Iowa Financial Literacy program in order to make possible the attainment of financial literacy by the largest possible number of citizens in the state, and particularly by low-income to moderate-income families. The program aims to promote responsible borrowing practices regardless of an individual's or family's financial status, aware of the advantages of personal savings and responsible borrowing and the viability and desirability of implementing a personal savings program.
- IA SB 457 (2009) - Provides a tax credit to investors who reconstruct housing ("disaster recovery housing projects") for low-income citizens affected by the Iowa floods. The project must meet certain requirements related to the availability of educational services, including financial literacy.
- IA HB 2526 (2009) - Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Human Services, $200,000 shall be used for continuation of a grant to an Iowa-based nonprofit organization with a history of providing tax preparation assistance to low-income Iowans in order to expand the usage of the earned income tax credit. The purpose of the grant is to supply this assistance to underserved areas of the state.
- IA SB 590 (2007) – Increases the refundable earned income tax credit from 6.5 percent to 7 percent of the federal credit.
- IA HB 825 (2005) - Appropriates $100,000 to provide a grant to an Iowa-based nonprofit organization with a history of providing tax preparation assistance to low-income Iowans in order to expand the usage of the earned income tax credit to underserved areas of the state. The grant shall be provided to an organization that has existing national foundation support for supplying such assistance that can also secure local charitable match funding.