What's New at Public Interest Institute?
by Deborah D. Thornton
The second annual conference of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists (IAPS) was held March 2 to 3 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Members of the profession along with politicians and journalists presented papers and discussed topics ranging from reapportionment to the Iowa Caucuses to the Harding-Coolidge Path to Prosperity to Global Political Terrorism. PII staff were active participants.
During the business meeting conducted by IAPS (and PII) President Don Racheter, Bill Parsons of St. Ambrose was voted in as President-Elect and Andy Green of Central College was elected to replace him as
At the conclusion of the meeting, Racheter turned the gavel over to Chris Larimer of UNI who had served as host of this year’s meeting and as IAPS President-Elect since the inaugural meeting of the new group last spring at Iowa
Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant.
Next year’s meeting will be hosted in Davenport by St. Ambrose, and the 2014 meeting will be hosted by Central
College in Pella.
Anyone wishing more information about the Iowa Association of Political Scientists may contact Past-President Racheter at Don.Racheter@IWC.edu, President Chris Larimer at Christopher.Larimer@UNI.edu, or
President-Elect Bill Parsons at ParsonsWilliamW@sau.edu.
Yearly dues for the IAPS are $5 payable by check sent to Treasurer Amy Frantz, 600 North Jackson Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 or via credit card by calling PII at 319-385-3462.
PII Spring Publications
Public Interest Institute members have authored two new POLICY STUDIES on issues of keen interest to taxpayers. Research Analyst Deborah D. Thornton has written Iowa’s Privileged Class: Time for a Change!, detailing the retirement benefits received by state-government employees and discussing the significant reforms necessary to prevent an onerous burden on future workers and taxpayers.
Research Analyst John Hendrickson’s recent study, TABOR: A Pro-Growth Solution for Iowa, encourages policymakers in Iowa to consider a Taxpayers Bill of Rights measure (TABOR) to provide more accountability to government and give taxpayers a vote on tax and spending increases.
Hendrickson highlights the savings that would have been achieved had a TABOR similar to that in Colorado been in place in Iowa in the last 20-30 years. To read these informative studies, visit www.LimitedGovernment.org.
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