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Formed in 1987, the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute is a private, not-for-profit governmental research organization. The IFPI is the only independent source of continuing research into the effect of taxing policies and spending practices in Indiana.


IFPI is privately supported by a variety of organizations, corporations, associations, and individuals in Indiana and surrounding states. 

IFPI’s Mission is to enhance the effectiveness and accountability of state and local government through the education of public sector, business, and labor leaders on significant fiscal policy issues and the consequences of state and local decisions.

The Institute makes a significant contribution to the important, ongoing debate over the appropriate role of government. The Institute does not lobby, support, or oppose candidates for public office. Instead, it relies on objective research evidence as the basis for assessing sound state fiscal policy. 

Contributions to the IFPI are fully tax deductible under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute is a member of the National Taxpayer's Conference and the Governmental Research Association.

Read the Latest IFPI Policy Reports

STRATEGIC FORESIGHT REPORT: An examination of Indiana's Future Fiscal Landscape in 2027
IFPI Report By Sam Miller
Report released: Oct. 17, 2017
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INDIANA'S REVENUE FORECAST AND BUDGET COMPARISON
IFPI Brief by John Ketzenberger and John Stafford
Report released: April 13, 2017
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REVENUE FORECASTING: INDIANA'S METHOD AND THE RESULTS IT PRODUCES
IFPI Brief by Sarah LeeAnn Smith
Report released: April 6, 2017
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CONSIDERING SALES TAXATION OF SERVICES IN INDIANA
IFPI Report by Professor John Mikesell
Report released: March 29, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 4
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: March 27, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 3
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: Feb. 28, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 2
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: Feb. 20, 2017
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IFPI Session Report No. 1
A special report by John Stafford
Report released: Feb. 14, 2017
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INDIANA'S PUBLIC PENSIONS
An IFPI Report by Brad Gottschlich
Report released: Feb. 2, 2017
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FUNDING INDIANA'S ROADS FOR A STRONGER, SAFER TOMORROW
Informational briefing by IFPI President John Ketzenberger
Report released: December 19, 2016
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IFPI REVENUE FORECAST, DECEMBER 2016
Informational briefing by IFPI President John Ketzenberger
Report released: December 15, 2016
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INDIANA FISCAL YEAR 2016 FISCAL CLOSEOUT
An analysis of Indiana's budget performance by Brad Gottschlich
Report released: Aug. 2, 2016
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THE FISCAL HEALTH OF INDIANA'S LARGER MUNICIPALITIES: CITY REPORTS
An in-depth analysis of 18 Indiana municipalities prepared by John Stafford
Report released: March 8, 2016
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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT INDIANA'S PROPERTY TAX CAPS?
A Report Prepared for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute by Larry DeBoer
Report released December 8, 2015
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THE FISCAL HEALTH OF INDIANA'S LARGER MUNICIPALITIES
A Report Prepared for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute by John Stafford
Report released December 8, 2015
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Latest: IFPI names Watts new President

The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute (IFPI), a privately-supported, independent research organization analyzing state and local tax and budgetary policies, has named public affairs veteran Chris Watts as its new President. 


Watts assumes his new duties as the 121st Indiana General Assembly begins its schedule of budget and other committee hearings.


“We’re excited to announce Chris Watts as President of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute,” said Katrina Hall, chair of IFPI’s board and Director of Public Policy for Indiana Farm Bureau.  “After 32 years, the Institute’s mission is more relevant than ever; we look forward to working with Chris on a research agenda exploring issues of how Indiana collects and spends taxpayer money, and the impacts on Hoosiers.”


Watts has been a public affairs consultant for business and community groups, adding more than a decade of experience as an executive at an Indy-based marketing agency.  He also served as Vice-President of Research and Communications for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, helping launch and promote statewide industry initiatives like BioCrossroads, Conexus Indiana and the Energy Systems Network.


The IFPI was formed in 1987.  Since its inception, IFPI’s research has spurred action on issues like unfunded public pension liabilities and added valuable insight to debates over property tax reform, the scope of state sales taxes, how state revenues are divided among local governments and more.  Its Board of Directors launched a search for a new President in mid-2018 to continue these efforts.


“Working in public policy, advocacy and economic development over the course of my career, I’ve valued the Fiscal Policy Institute a respected, impartial authority on state tax and fiscal policy matters,” Watts said.  “By using independent, objective research to inform policymakers and the public, IFPI can play a key role in addressing two-year budget issues and twenty-year fiscal challenges alike – I’m eager to get started.”

Welcome to the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

Reliable information ought to be the basis for formulating public policy, which is exactly the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s mission. For more than 25 years the IFPI has worked to establish this position in the public policy realm and this redesigned website is the new portal through which we’ll disseminate our work.


Inside you’ll find our reports and commentary about them from us and others. You can learn about the IFPI’s events and sign up to attend them. Check the fiscal policy zeitgeist through our blog, where you’ll be able to keep track of what’s happening around the state. Membership is just a few clicks away, too.


This is meant to be the place for the interchange of ideas based on reliable information gained through research. I hope you’ll visit often and consider joining us in our effort to ensure this debate continues on a sound footing.

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