Browse IGPA Reports by Author "Merriman, David F."

  • Dye, Richard; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    This report discusses decisions that must be made now to set the state budget on a path toward balance. The authors observe that although progress has been made toward sustainability through policies implementing cost ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Business taxes are often a point of debate in discussions about raising state revenue. Economists have not come to a consensus on an ideal business tax strategy. Illinois uses the business tax similarly to most other states. ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Crosby, Andrew; Dye, Richard (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-02-15)
    New analysis by the Fiscal Futures Project finds that Illinois’ budget impasse has put spending on autopilot while revenue is down significantly. This perfect storm of decreased revenue and uncoordinated spending is causing ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-10-29)
    The COVID-19 pandemic brought widespread health, social and economic hardship to households and businesses across Illinois, the nation, and the world. This report provides an initial look at some early evidence regarding ...

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  • Hewings, Geoffrey J.D.; Kriz, Kenneth; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-05-27)
    The economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic came on suddenly and is quite severe. Because much economic data lags actual events by weeks or months, it is still too early to have a complete picture of ...

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  • Dye, Richard; Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-11-30)
    The state of Illinois has operated for many years with a structurally unbalanced budget in the sense that, under the policies in place at the time, government revenue generated by the tax system was insufficient to pay for ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-11-05)
    In November 2020, Illinois voters will consider an amendment that would strike the following two sentences from the Illinois constitution. “A tax on or measured by income shall be at a non-graduated rate. At any one time ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-01-17)
    During the Illinois General Assembly’s January 2013 special session a proposal to limit the so-called Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), a component of public employee pensions, was much discussed and debated. Under ...

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  • Fretwell Wilson, Robin; Merriman, David F.; Delaney, Jennifer (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-30)
    National research in the U.S. has shown that postsecondary enrollments are known to be impacted by economic downturns. During the Great Recession (between fall 2007 and fall 2010) total enrollment increased from 18.2 million ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Choi, Francis; Disher, Michael (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2021-07-27)
    In recent years, more than one out of every four dollars spent by the state of Illinois went to Medicaid,¹ and more than one out of five state residents got their healthcare through the program. Nationally, ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Choi, Francis; Disher, Michael (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2021-07-27)
    In recent years, more than one out of every four dollars spent by the state of Illinois went to Medicaid,¹ and more than one out of five state residents got their healthcare through the program. Nationally, ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Dye, Richard; Crosby, Andrew (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-11-07)
    Illinois does not follow basic principles of sound budgeting recommended by fiscal experts. This research suggests ways that Illinois and other states can reform practices to avoid fiscal crises in the future. Two ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-01-31)
    Tax increment financing (TIF), a popular economic development tool across the United States, often falls short of its promise to revitalize struggling neighborhoods. TIF earmarks property tax revenue increases (or “increments”) ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Guo, Chuanyi; Qiao, Di (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-03-01)
    The state of Illinois finally ended its two-year budget impasse in July 2017 but continues to face a structural fiscal imbalance. We use comprehensive data supplied by the Illinois Comptroller to construct a time series ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Despite enormous recent challenges, Illinois’ economy remains relatively healthy compared to other states. Median family income in Illinois has remained above the national average since at least 1984. After a relatively ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Dye, Richard; Hudspeth, Nancy (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Are we looking at a crisis or a chronic condition? Illinois’ fiscal situation has been precarious for at least a decade – and much longer if pension liabilities are considered. From FY 2003 to 2008, which were good years ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Kass, Amanda; Bruno, Robert (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-02-21)
    The near ubiquitous claim that Illinois is facing a “pension crisis” has rarely been challenged. The failure to examine this customary framing of the fiscal condition of Illinois’ five state pension systems limits ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Kriz, Kenneth; Byrnes, Patricia; Cassidy, Glen (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2019-05-07)
    This report provides background information and evidence-based answers in response to questions posed by an Illinois legislator. The questions are: (1) Can you describe the income distribution in Illinois and how this has ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Crosby, Andrew (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-10-19)
    In January 2011, Illinois enacted legislation that made changes to the personal and corporate income tax rates. These tax increases are scheduled to begin their phase-out in the near future. However, as Illinois continues ...

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  • Drucker, Joshua; Funderburg, Richard; Merriman, David F.; Weber, Rachel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2018-04-02)
    The authors use data on all business parcels and property tax incentives in Cook County to analyze the use of business tax incentives from 2012 through 2014. By law, Cook County commercial and industrial parcels are ...

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