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Public Interest Institute began operations in 1991 as Iowa's only state-level, independent, research organization. As a public-policy research organization, we have four principal goals.

  • Become an information and analysis resource for all Iowans.
  • Provide local, state, and national policy-makers with a rigorous, objective, and understandable analysis of specific policy initiatives.
  • Identify practical alternatives for action on critical state and local issues.
  • Provide a forum for policy-makers and individuals to share ideas and concerns.

The Institute promotes the importance of a free-enterprise economic system and its relationship to a free and democratic society. It seeks to support the proper role of a limited government in a society based upon individual freedom and liberty.

Concerned citizens are challenged to become better informed about public issues. Ideas have consequences, and involved individuals can make a difference.

If you find the Institute's publications informative and useful, I encourage you to support our work by sending a tax-deductible contribution. We accept no government money. Only with help from citizens like you can we continue to provide responsible analysis and information on public-policy issues.



Dr. Don Racheter



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