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  • Richard Dye co-edits book on Land Value Tax | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    to reduce speculation in land and to speed development generally The authors conclude that theory supports the first two claims and indicates that a land tax will lower gain from speculation though not eliminate it Land Value Taxation Theory Evidence and Practice suggests that a land value tax does not alter the timing of development See more at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy website In addition the authors found that the implementation and political context for the land value tax has been challenging often due to problems in assessment and issues that arise concerning fairness The property tax is an important source of government revenue in the United States and many other countries but its unpopularity has led to a number of legal restrictions on its use and calls for further reforms even total elimination Land Value Taxation Theory Evidence and Practice takes a new look at an old reform alternative that would keep what is good about the property tax taxation of land value and reduce what is bad taxation of the value of buildings and other improvements In the volume 12 leading scholars and practitioners examine the theory and practice of land value taxation and provide the most comprehensive survey of the literature to date In Pennsylvania the land value tax is in place in 14 municipalities but was tried and discontinued in 7 others Harrisburg a distressed city in the 1980s initiated the land value tax as a continuing part of its economic development program In Pittsburgh which began a land value tax in 1913 there was evidence of its favorable impact on building activity but the tax became a scapegoat for poor assessment and rate setting practices and Pittsburgh reverted to a traditional property tax in 2001 In Hawaii the land value tax was blamed for overdevelopment in locations such as Waikiki where singer Joni Mitchell was inspired to write the lyrics They paved paradise and put up a parking lot The land value tax was abolished there in the mid 1970s Much of the empirical work reviewed and summarized in the volume focuses on the evidence that a tax on land will increase the density of development or reduce sprawl A majority of the studies do not meet the volume s standards for good research design effective measurement or indication of causation Some of the remaining studies find a measurable impact and others do not One reason for the mixed results is that the relatively mild versions of the land tax actually implemented often a modestly higher tax on land than on buildings are likely to produce only small increases in development density that are difficult to measure To be politically and economically successful the authors argue a land value tax must be accompanied by a sophisticated assessment system frequent re assessments a nimble rate setting process effective land use planning and ongoing public education Land Value Taxation Theory Evidence and Practice provides guidance for additional empirical work by identifying areas where existing studies

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/dye-landvalue-book (2016-02-17)
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  • Latest Policy Forum looks at implications of state health insurance regulations for Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Policy Toolbox Illinois Economic Review Opinion Monitor Trends in Racial Attitudes Library Policy Forum Search Programs Events Douglas Ethics Award Edgar Fellows Program NEW Leadership Illinois IGPA State Summit Family Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Latest Policy Forum looks at implications of state health insurance regulations for Illinois At various times advocates politicians policy analysts and concerned citizens have recommended reforms of state small group and non group individual health insurance markets The early to mid 1990s was a period in which health care issues rose to the top of federal and state agendas and we appear to be entering another such period of acute interest in expanding health insurance coverage The latest issue of IGPA s Policy Forum looks at this issue Read Policy Forum Vol 21 No 3 State Health Insurance Regulations Implications for Illinois Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois economic slowdown is consistent with national trend State s economic growth slowed considerably at end of 2015 Search the web Search igpa uillinois edu Search igpa uillinois edu library IGPA

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/policy-forum-healthinsurance (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA economists comment on 9 percent unemployment rate in Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Illinois IGPA economists J Fred Giertz and Geoffrey Hewings comment on news that the unemployment rate in Illinois reached 9 1 percent its highest in more than 23 years Giertz left compiles the monthly University of Illinois Flash Index and Hewings directs the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory FRED GIERTZ The recent increase in the unemployment rate is unfortunate but not unexpected The unemployment rate is what is known as a lagging indicator as compared to a leading or coincident indicator It follows what is happening in the economy but does not predict the future There are some modestly encouraging signs now that the decline in the economy is moderating This does not mean the recession is over however The economy will likely to continue to slow through much of the rest of the year albeit at a slower rate This means that unemployment will likely continue to climb probably reaching the 10 per cent level in Illinois We will have to wait until 2010 for a decline in the unemployment rate GEOFFREY HEWINGS Illinois has traditionally entered recessions later than the U S as a whole and the recent spike in the unemployment rate indicates that the full force of the downturn is now very apparent in the Midwest Of equal concern is the degree to which this statistic captures the full extent of those who are either underemployed they have a less than a full time job or are employed in occupations that require less skills or have left the labor market and thus are not counted in the official unemployment statistics The Regional Economic Applications Laboratory s estimate is that the unemployment rate in Illinois may be closer to 11 already if these individuals are included Last month REAL forecast that employment would decline by more than 300

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/march-unemployment (2016-02-17)
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  • David Merriman's op-ed on Chicago transportation issues appears in Chicago Tribune | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Applications Laboratory David Merriman s op ed on Chicago transportation issues appears in Chicago Tribune An opinion article by IGPA professor David Merriman suggests that Chicago would do well to incorporate some of Tokyo s mass transit innovations if the city wishes to land the 2016 Olympics The op ed was published by the Chicago Tribune on Sunday April 6 as members of the International Olympic Committee toured Chicago s

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/op-ed-merriman-april2009 (2016-02-17)
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  • Economist Fred Giertz analyzes the Illinois economy and the latest U of I Flash Index | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Economist Fred Giertz analyzes the Illinois economy and the latest U of I Flash Index IGPA s J Fred Giertz discusses the latest U of I Flash Index and the Illinois economy Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/flash-jan09 (2016-02-17)
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  • The Impact of the University of Illinois on the Economy of Our State (2009) | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory The Impact of the University of Illinois on the Economy of Our State 2009 Robert W Resek IGPA professor emeritus of economics and former vice president for academic affairs at the U of I explains the impact of a University of Illinois education on students and on the state Content Taxonomy Research Related

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/resek-impact (2016-02-17)
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  • Rethinking Redistricting | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of Legislative Mapping in Illinois Click here to read the report As the Illinois General Assembly considers re drawing legislative district boundaries that will be used for elections in the coming decade IGPA has been investigating alternatives that could provide a more transparent and equitable map The resulting computer generated map shows that district boundaries can be more compact while increasing representation of minority populations in the state The map fulfills the rules of redistricting without political gerrymandering Dr Hayri Onal s project Redistricting in Illinois A Systemic Procedure and Nonpartisan Legislative District Plans uses a mathematical computer model to configure districts that divide populations equally for state government districts Onal a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and his team also created a computer generated map using 2000 U S census data and compared it to the actual map that was created by the General Assembly The researchers found that the computer model produced a map that was more representative of minority populations more compact and more equally divides the population Read IGPA s special report on redistricting View IGPA s computer generated map PDF Click here to view Dr Onal

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/redistricting (2016-02-17)
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  • Economist Fred Giertz analyzes the Illinois economy and the latest Flash Index | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    State Summit Family Impact Seminars 2015 Seminar 2014 Seminar 2013 Seminar 2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Economist Fred Giertz analyzes the Illinois economy and the latest Flash Index IGPA economist J Fred Giertz explains the December University of Illinois Flash Index Content Taxonomy Research Related Content Revenue spending at midpoint of FY16 Illinois economic slowdown is consistent

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/media/giertz-flash-dec08 (2016-02-17)
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