The Impact on Iowa’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry

By M.V. Lee Badgett, Amanda K. Baumle, Adam P. Romero, Brad Sears
April 2008

This analysis estimates the impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry on Iowa’s state budget. Using the best data available and following the methodology of some of our previous reports in this area, we estimate that allowing same-sex couples to marry will result in a net gain of approximately $5.3 million each year for the State. This net impact will be the result of savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefit programs and an increase in state income and sales tax revenue.

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