Browse IGPA Reports by Subject "index"

  • Mooney, Christopher Z. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    Interest politics, as opposed to party politics, make fixing Illinois’ budget problems very complex and difficult. All people and businesses have multiple and overlapping interests in what the state does. Thinking about ...

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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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  • Fullerton, Don; Reif, Julian; Nafari, Kaveh (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-03-23)
    The current fiscal crisis in Illinois affects all parts of the state’s budget. Infrastructure is no exception. For many years Illinois has spent more on highways than it has collected in highway-related revenue. One solution ...

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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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  • Dye, Richard F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2016-11-28)
    The Fiscal Futures Project, which began in 2008, is dedicated to informing the public and policymakers in Illinois about long-term budget issues. The Fiscal Futures Project has developed and refined two important tools ...

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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.; 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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  • Reif, Julian (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    This report estimates the revenue and distributional effects of increasing the state’s cigarette excise tax by $0.50 per pack from $1.98 to $2.48. After taking into account the behavioral responses of smokers, Reif estimates ...

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  • Lo Sasso, Anthony T. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-25)
    On March 19, 2013, IGPA teamed with the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Coalition of African-American Leaders to host a conference about the effects of the foreclosure crisis on Cook County ...

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  • Anderson, Nathan B.; Ross, Rob (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2013-02-20)
    This report looks at local governments’ biggest source of revenue: property taxes. The authors provide a primer on how the taxes are calculated, and new formulas for understanding an individual’s tax share. The authors ...

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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.; Kriz, Kenneth A.; Kass, Amanda (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2020-04-09)
    We model the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders on Illinois’ fiscal situation. Prominent forecasters’ recently published estimates range from short and modest declines in U.S. GDP to declines ...

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