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  • The Latest From IGPA | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Index was remarkably steady in 2014 December reading caps off year of slow yet consistent growth in economy and employment The U of I Flash Index fell slightly to 106 5 in December from its 106 6 level in November Over calendar year 2014 the index remained in a remarkably narrow range from 106 0 to 107 2 changing by only a few tenths of a point each month Illinois Economic Review from REAL posted for Oct and Nov data The Regional Economics Applications Laboratory has posted the Illinois Economic Review data for the months of October and November 2014 The 12 month forecast from November data indicates Illinois could add more than 50 000 jobs in 2015 Read the November report Read the December report IGPA Assembly s review of the Kerner Report in 1970 cited in Huffington Post article on race relations lllinois is number one hub in food distribution network moves more than 70 million tons annually Illinois is the most critical hub in the network of U S domestic food transfers according to a new study by Megan Konar Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and colleagues The study was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Health economist Robert Kaestner comments on British study of cost benefits of breastfeeding IGPA s Rick Winkel comments on succession for Illinois Comptroller Robert Kaestner Good education policy is good health policy This op ed by IGPA s Robert Kaestner left appeared in several newspapers throughout the state as part of IGPA s Election 2014 Op Ed Series Op ed from IGPA s Tony Lo Sasso Time to think big on Medicaid reform U of I Flash Index shows more steady economic growth The Flash Index rose slightly to 106 6

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-latest?page=9 (2016-02-17)
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  • Flash Index ticks upward again in April | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Flash Index ticks upward again in April The Illinois economy continued to show growth and increasing strength in April according to a monthly measurement by the University of Illinois The Flash Index which measures the economy based upon state tax receipts reached 107 1 for the month up from 107 0 in March The April index present some challenges because that is the month the state receives an influx of individual income tax receipts said economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs The Flash Index uses these receipts as a proxy for state income However the unexpected increase likely occurred at least in part from capital gains realized in 2014 and taxed under the higher tax rates of last year Giertz said The 107 1 reading is the second highest since the 2007 2009 recession ended below only the 107 2 posted in January 2014 The Flash Index was at 106 0 in April 2014 Readings of 100 or greater indicate economic growth and readings below 100 indicate contraction Other economic indicators remain mixed Giertz said U S GDP growth was near zero for the first quarter at least partially the result of bad weather while state and national unemployment rates remained near post recession lows Lower energy prices have provided a boost for the general economy while slowing domestic exploration and drilling After adjustments for the new individual and corporate income tax rates the revenue from those taxes were up substantially in real terms from the same month last year while sales tax receipts were up marginally The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts are adjusted for inflation before growth rates are calculated The growth rate

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/flash-index/2015/april-2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA's Rachel Gordon receives grant to study lookism | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Predictors of Achievement from Early Childhood to Adulthood In a new three year three quarter million dollar R01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development IGPA Associate Director and professor of sociology Rachel Gordon will examine how children s physical appearance affects their social and academic achievement trajectories from infancy into young adulthood By attaching physical appearance codes to the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development the project will provide the largest ever description of the evolution of looks across the life course and allow for better determining whether associations are causal and better identifying the mechanisms underlying any real effects The study will provide insights into the increasingly recognized ways in which lookism discrimination based on looks is consequential in many arenas of life including adults earnings and children s grades The grant is a collaboration between Gordon and a multidisciplinary team of colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin Robert Crosnoe sociology Judith Langlois psychology Daniel Hamermesh economics The new research will build on Gordon s monograph with Robert Crosnoe and Xue Wang which documented a GPA advantage for better looking adolescents but one that was chipped away by those same

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/igpas-rachel-gordon-receives-grant-study-lookism (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA economist Fred Giertz comments on proposal to privatize state agency | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2012 Seminar 2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory IGPA economist Fred Giertz comments on proposal to privatize state agency Submitted by jimpaul on April 22 2015 8 11am URL http www bnd com 2015 04 21 3776561 bill would privatize illinois html Twitter Description Source The Associated Press April 22 2015 Content Taxonomy News Related Content The Sunday Spin Director

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/igpa-economist-fred-giertz-comments-proposal-privatize-state-agency (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA's Brian Gaines assesses the early race for president in 2016 | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory IGPA s Brian Gaines assesses the early race for president in 2016 Submitted by jimpaul on April 15 2015 11 49am URL http www news gazette com news local 2015 04 14 scouting presidential field so far html Twitter Description Source The News Gazette Champaign April 14 2015 Content Taxonomy News Related Content The Sunday

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/igpas-brian-gaines-assesses-early-race-president-2016 (2016-02-17)
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  • IGPA's Fred Giertz talks about the latest Flash Index and Illinois' economy | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    2011 Seminar 2010 Seminar 2009 Seminar Study Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory IGPA s Fred Giertz talks about the latest Flash Index and Illinois economy Submitted by jimpaul on April 1 2015 12 50pm URL http www news gazette com audio 2015 04 01 ui economist fred giertz 312015 html Twitter Description Source WDWS Radio Champaign April 1 2015 Content Taxonomy News Related Content The Sunday

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/igpas-fred-giertz-talks-about-latest-flash-index-and-illinois-economy (2016-02-17)
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  • Illinois economy springs into gear | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Centers Office of Public Leadership Regional Economics Applications Laboratory Illinois economy springs into gear The Flash Index reached 107 in March indicating continued strengthening of the Illinois economy After more than a year hovering in the 106 0 106 8 range the Flash Index hit its highest point since January 2014 The index reached 107 for only the third time since the 2007 2009 recession Readings above 100 indicate an expanding economy The Flash Index has remained above the 100 dividing line since February 2012 but its slow and steady increase since then has indicated a sluggish recovery from the recession See Flash Index Archive here The strong Flash Index reading this month is coupled with good news in the jobs market The state unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in almost seven years said J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash Index for the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs The state unemployment rate is 6 0 percent The last time the unemployment rate was this low was in April 2008 when it was 5 9 percent In addition the Illinois unemployment rate is now only five tenths of a percentage point above the national average compared to a 1 5 percentage point differential as recently as 2013 After adjustments for the new individual and corporate tax rates individual income and corporate tax revenues were up substantially in real terms from the same month last year while sales tax receipts were up marginally The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts from corporate income personal income and retail sales are adjusted for inflation before growth rates are calculated The growth rate for each component is then calculated for the 12 month

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/flash-index/2015/march-2015 (2016-02-17)
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  • Policy Brief: Tax methods to shore up Illinois’ infrastructure | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    the state has increased highway spending in recent years the state s infrastructure remains in shambles with more than 40 percent of major roads in poor or mediocre condition according to the American Society of Civil Engineering s 2014 report card for Illinois Illinois has not changed its gasoline excise tax since 1990 when it was raised to 19 cents per gallon However according to the brief the combination of inflation popularity of fuel efficient vehicles and large highway expenses has created a persistent funding shortfall for Illinois highways In 1994 the state gasoline tax was 36 percent of revenue used for highway spending By 2012 this proportion shrank by more than half to 15 percent Raising the gas tax would be an obvious solution to correcting the gap between revenue and spending The authors found that a 10 cent increase in the gasoline tax would raise about 600 million per year of extra revenue for Illinois However because it affects the consumption of gasoline not driving itself a higher gas tax may not help fix other problems such as traffic congestion accidents and pollution The authors suggest that the state could consider other methods such as a tax on how many miles a vehicle travels or increased use of tolls A tax on vehicle miles traveled would reduce congestion by taxing drivers based on the amount the use the roads the more you drive the more you pay Increased use of tolls during rush hours would target congestion and collect money from those who benefit the most from highways These alternatives have advantages not shared by the gasoline tax In particular the authors write they are better able to reduce the twin problems of traffic congestion and traffic accidents because they tax driving directly Some decision about this shortfall

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/policy-brief-tax-methods-shore-illinois%E2%80%99-infrastructure (2016-02-17)
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