Annual Symposium

Annual Symposium and

Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

7:30 AM, Des Moines Botanical Garden

Why Des Moines’ Park & Recreation Department won the In the Public Interest Award”

A Critical Look at Iowa’s Tax System

Flat tax, state sales tax, local option sales taxes, retirement income exemption, reduced corporate income taxes, vouchers, property taxes…

What will the impact be on local governments and education?


Kraig Paulsen, Director, Iowa Department of Revenue. Appointed Director in 2019 by Governor Kim Reynolds, the mission of the department “is to serve Iowans and support state government by collecting all taxes required by law, but no more.

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Jared Walczak, Vice President of State Projects with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation. He is the lead researcher on the annual State Business Tax Climate Index and Location Matters.

Mike Owen, Associate Director, Common Good Iowa. Mike coordinates fiscal policy work with other issue priorities at Common Good Iowa, advancing policy ideas that equitably and sustainably address the concerns of all Iowans.

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