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  • Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    on increased earnings and bachelor s degrees yield 14 1 percent Both of these are about double the 7 33 percent 10 year average for S P 500 index funds a standard benchmark In fact few investments have such a large sustained return for growth of personal income both for the individual and society With fewer persons with increased earnings income growth statewide would decline by about 462 million per year This lost economic activity would reduce state sales and income tax revenue by 41 5 million annually State spending on Medicaid K 12 education welfare relief and prison costs can be expected to rise about 190 million annually in due course This is because graduates use their college based skills not just at work but twice as many hours each week at home and in the community time that improves their health children s test scores personal savings asset management civic institutions life expectancy tax revenue crime rates and their community Based on how much it would cost to produce these outcomes by other means the non monetary benefits from this time is worth about 1 480 million annually Including this the rates of return to development are about twice those cited These effects also reduce state budget costs Overall an 8 5 percent cut in higher education would lower state revenues by 41 5 million and eventually increase Medicaid welfare and prison costs increasing Illinois annual budget deficit by about 24 million In short cutting higher education eventually makes Illinois fiscal crisis worse Higher education spending is very different than most other parts of the state budget It does not support consumption but is rather an investment in human capital It encourages shared investment by families yielding lifetimes of higher earnings and societal benefits Higher education investment also

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/content/higher-education-smart-investment-illinois (2016-02-17)
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  • Easy savings in human services? | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    as 20 percent of those cancelled due to the scrub again became eligible for Medicaid and legitimately re enrolled in short order And many of those who were cancelled had in effect already dis enrolled themselves having zero Medicaid claims on their case for at least 6 months prior In the end the state is on target for a one time savings of about 50 million from this effort While 50 million is nothing to sneeze at at just 40 of the hoped for savings policymakers clearly need new ideas Extending the approach of scrutinizing enrollees in programs outside of Medicaid is even less promising The fact is most benefits human service programs pay out to individuals are pretty small in the overall scheme of things Big money from cheating the system is mostly available to entities that can pool benefits not to individual recipients For example for Medicaid aggregators are service providers and for Food Stamps they are stores The big money simply doesn t reside with an individual recipient Illinois also has particular problems that lead to waste fraud and abuse in human services A real reform of government contracting is sorely needed in this state Many contracts are still not competitively and openly bid let alone with performance metrics that would instill accountability A good example is the Governor s recently shuttered anti violence program which cost taxpayers 55 million and was hastily and poorly designed This dismal situation has led not only to waste but to many documented cases of outright graft Although it is now 2014 Illinois government continues to struggle with outmoded data systems Being able to share more information instantaneously between programs would allow more accurate checks of eligibility in the first place as well as being a prerequisite for the development of

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/content/easy-savings-human-services (2016-02-17)
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  • Commentary | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    pros and cons of a cap and trade policy in Illinois Illinois needs better fiscal planning Fiscal Futures associate director Nancy Hudspeth outlines ways Illinois can improve its fiscal planning Don t let anyone tell you balancing the state budget will be easy Richard Dye shows why Illinois deficit is bad news politicians and taxpayers don t want to hear Sin taxes will not save the Illinois budget Julian Reif explains why reasonable increases in sin taxes will barely dent the state s budget shortfall Making tough but informed fiscal decisions Illinois economy is recovering slowly But bad fiscal policy could erode confidene in the state s economic future Across the board cuts Good politics bad fiscal management Christopher Z Mooney discusses the political temptation and bad logic of cutting spending across the board Pages 1 2 next last Recent Content Let s change how we make state budgets Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series Toolbox Fundamentals The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series IGPA is teaming up with U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network to host monthly webinars on topics from the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox

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  • Multiple interests and the politics of the budget | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    weakly for example we all have an interest in a balanced state budget Narrow interests are those that fewer people hold but they often do so very strongly for example all teachers have an interest in higher pay for educators Strongly held narrow interests frequently crowd out broader interests People will organize groups to pursue their narrow interests hire lobbyists and fight for their cause in Springfield People will not be bothered to do so in pursuit of their broader interests There are thousands of narrow interests at play in state government which causes the politics of the budgetary process to be complex and often intractable Click here to read about broad interests narrow interests and the politics of the budgetary process Recent Content Let s change how we make state budgets Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series Toolbox Fundamentals The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series IGPA is teaming up with U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network to host monthly webinars on topics from the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Illinois Economic Condition Illinois economy is struggling to recover from the recession A long term structural imbalance

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/content/multiple-interests-and-politics-budget (2016-02-17)
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  • Budget policy interactions | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    same point applies to government expenditures as well Holistic analysis is valuable but extremely difficult and so most analyses focus on one change at a time To explain the holistic approach examples are drawn from two particular areas First taxes and budget policies interact with respect to their distributional effects Second they interact with respect to measures of excess burden that reflect the economic inefficiency of tax and budget policy In both cases the combination of effects is different from the sum of the parts Click here to read about interactions among mulitple partial budget solutions Recent Content Let s change how we make state budgets Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series Toolbox Fundamentals The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series IGPA is teaming up with U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network to host monthly webinars on topics from the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Illinois Economic Condition Illinois economy is struggling to recover from the recession A long term structural imbalance will only intensify the state s fiscal woes Why doing nothing is not a feasible option Doing nothing or muddling through comes with great risk and

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/content/budget-policy-interactions (2016-02-17)
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  • Better Fiscal Planning | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Illinois scored well below average with respect to its use of ten budgetary tools and it identified five areas in need of major improvement long term forecasts of revenues and spending current services baseline projections consensus revenue forecasts fiscal notes with multi year projections and rainy day funds This paper discusses Illinois status with respect to each of these areas Improving Illinois fiscal planning techniques and the quality of information available to decision makers provide a set of ways to improve the state s budgetary process and ultimately its fiscal outcome Click here to read about better fiscal planning PDF Recent Content Let s change how we make state budgets Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series Toolbox Fundamentals The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series IGPA is teaming up with U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network to host monthly webinars on topics from the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Illinois Economic Condition Illinois economy is struggling to recover from the recession A long term structural imbalance will only intensify the state s fiscal woes Why doing nothing

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/content/better-fiscal-planning (2016-02-17)
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  • Overall Analysis | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    pays a reputational penalty costing millions each year Recent Content Let s change how we make state budgets Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series Toolbox Fundamentals The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series IGPA is teaming up with U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network to host monthly webinars on topics from the Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Illinois

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/overall-analysis (2016-02-17)
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  • The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Merriman The Do Nothing Option J Fred Giertz Making the 2011 Tax Increase Permanent Richard F Dye Tuesday June 10 at Noon Tools to Address Revenue Click here to register About the Toolbox Project Christopher Z Mooney Increasing Sin Taxes Cigarette and Alcohol and Gambling Julian Reif and John Schneider Business Tax Options David Merriman Sales Tax Options J Fred Giertz Tuesday August 12 at Noon Tools to Address Spending Click here to register About the Toolbox Project Christopher Z Mooney Bending the Curve Richard Winkel Waste and Abuse in Human Affairs Spending Elizabeth Powers Health Care Spending Anthony Lo Sasso Better Fiscal Planning Nancy Hudspeth Tuesday September 9 at Noon Important Questions about Redistricting in Illinois Click here to register Brian Gaines U of I political scientist Christopher Z Mooney Director of IGPA Richard Winkel Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership Recent Content Let s change how we make state budgets Higher education is a smart investment for Illinois The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series Toolbox Fundamentals The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series IGPA is teaming up with U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network to host monthly webinars on topics from the

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox/content/illinois-budget-policy-toolbox-webinar-series (2016-02-17)
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