David Swenson, associate scientist, talked with Erin Murphy, reporter for Lee Enterprises, about the source (sources) of Iowa’s current revenue shortfall.
Swenson also spoke to:
Erin Murphy of the Quad City Times on the farm economy's role in the state budget.
Patricia Cohen, The New York Times, about the evolution of the meat packing industry in the 1980s and 1990s that led to towns like Storm Lake becoming magnets for Latino/a workers.
Ed Tibbets, Quad City Times, about the efficacy of the commercial property tax reductions in light of the state’s ongoing budget deficit.
Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post, for a story on the value of USDA non-ag projects and programs for the rural U.S.
Matthew Patane, Cedar Rapids Gazette, about real wage gains in Iowa and whether they are due to a constrained labor market.