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  • Don Fullerton and Julian Reif: Gas tax may hurt more than it helps | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    work this morning State and local governments spent 153 billion in 2011 on highway road and street expenses Of that amount 20 percent is from general state revenues 30 percent is from federal aid and fully half is derived from state tolls user fees and gasoline taxes So why don t we have enough money to maintain our roads and bridges In short policy choices Energy policies that require new cars to have greater fuel efficiency end up decreasing gasoline tax revenue since drivers pay less at the pump in taxes On the one hand a gas tax is smart energy policy It can reduce gasoline consumption pollution and oil imports And a gas tax forces drivers to pay for their use of state provided roads and bridges On the other hand relying on a gas tax to fund infrastructure improvements means that when people use less gas there s less money to maintain roads and bridges How can state policymakers fix this chronic revenue problem and keep our transportation in decent repair A few ideas have been widely discussed One idea raise and fix the gas tax When you fill your tank today you pay a flat tax based on how many gallons you buy regardless of the price of gas Instead the rates could be pegged to how much that tank cost on that given day say 5 percent of the sale price This would help tax revenue keep pace with inflation So why don t we have enough money to maintain our roads and bridges In short policy choices Energy policies that require new cars to have greater fuel efficiency end up decreasing gasoline tax revenue since drivers pay less at the pump in taxes Instead the State could charge a fee based on your odometer readings

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/content/don-fullerton-and-julian-reif-gas-tax-may-hurt-more-it-helps (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    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 News Don Fullerton contributes to UN report on climate change Click here to read a story by the University of Illinois News Bureau about Fullerton s contributions to Climate Change 2014 Mitigation of Climate Change the UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change s fifth assessment report IGPA s Fred Giertz discusses state s continued struggles with unemployment Energy expert Don Fullerton discusses IKEA plan to buy Illinois wind farm IGPA Director Chris Mooney talks about potential for opposition in redistricting effort IGPA s David Merriman discusses Gov Quinn s budget address Christopher Z Mooney on the Race for Governor IGPA Director Chris Mooney on across the board budget cuts IGPA economist Elizabeth Powers discusses possible effects of minimum wage increase IGPA s Fred Giertz talks about continued slow growth in Illinois economy IGPA s Richard Dye talks about politics of Illinois economic picture Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-news?page=11 (2016-02-17)
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  • Kent Redfield: Curing political corruption in Illinois one candidate at a time | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    career in government And when average citizens check out politicians of easy virtue and their shady friends step in to fill the vacuum Passing more laws may help to some extent But to make laws work we need more change than what we can legislate We need real change in the hearts and minds of politicians and citizens What is the solution to Illinois corruption problem We could enact new policies that make it more difficult to be corrupt and easier to get caught We already went down that road in 1998 2003 2008 and 2009 in the aftermath of a series of political scandals Passing more laws may help to some extent But to make laws work we need more change than what we can legislate We need real change in the hearts and minds of politicians and citizens Ethical behavior and trust have to be rebuilt one candidate at a time We need candidates who are willing to lead by example by giving up behavior that even though it may be legal leads to unethical conduct and the appearance of corruption Just as important we need voters to hold them accountable For instance it may be legal to spend campaign funds on gifts meals no interest personal loans or travel that have nothing to do with getting elected Legislators can recommend friends relatives contributors and political supporters for government jobs or college admissions without breaking the law But that does not make it right The road to political scandals and criminal indictments is paved with these kinds of personal ethical failures Legislators also routinely cast votes that benefit themselves their supporters or their contributors without recognizing or acknowledging a conflict of interest Conflicts of interest cannot be avoided entirely but they need to be recognized and publicly acknowledged

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/2014-op-ed-series/Redfield (2016-02-17)
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  • Brian Gaines: The case for redistricting reform | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    don t know exactly what purposes are served by the peculiarly shaped districts but they rightly guess that twisty lines betray that someone is somehow cheating What of the election outcomes under the current system Consider the congressional map In the 190 U S House races in Illinois run under the prior 2001 map only 11 contests were competitive i e had a margin of victory less than 10 percentage points In 2012 the new maps drawn in 2011 saw 5 out of 18 races in that range And with weeks to go before the 2014 election it looks like as many as four races might be close this time That s far from robust competition but it is an improvement on the recent past and it is not bad by comparison with many states So what s the problem Competition is welcome and even more close races would be nice but competitiveness is not the only criterion for a good and fair map The 2002 10 congressional map was essentially a bipartisan incumbent protection gerrymander drawn to assist office holders from both parties And it mainly succeeded producing little incumbent or even party turnover until the very end of the decade The new map by contrast was crafted by Democrats to increase the number of Democratic seats And it also worked well as Illinois s GOP congressional delegation was cut in half in 2012 Competition is welcome and even more close races would be nice but competitiveness is not the only criterion for a good and fair map The key to successful partisan gerrymandering is to concentrate the other party s voters in relatively few thoroughly safe districts so that the party wastes lots of votes But that strategy is somewhat risky since the gerrymandering party wins the most

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/2014-op-ed-series/Gaines (2016-02-17)
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  • Kent Redfield designated Illinoisan of the Year by Illinois News Broadcasters Association | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Fuller of WSIU FM left and Melissa Hahn of the State Treasurer s office right IGPA political scientist Kent Redfield was awarded the Illinoisan of the Year award at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association INBA fall conference on October 4 in Marion Redfield was voted by past presidents of the INBA as Illinoisan of the Year in honor of his contributions as a political scientist at the University of Illinois at Springfield and his work with the Sunshine Project a political campaign finance research project Redfield is a frequent contributor to news stories on Illinois politics and a well known presence in Springfield He is currently an emeritus professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield and works with the Institute for Legislative Studies where he has been a research fellow since 1979 Redfield has been engaged in research on the financing of political campaigns in Illinois and political ethics since 1991 The results of that research have been presented in numerous research reports a series of articles in Illinois Issues a 1994 book on financing legislative elections in Illinois which is entitled Cash Clout and a 2001 book on the role of money in Illinois politics entitled Money Counts Redfield has been director of the Sunshine Project since 1997 The project focuses on the role of money in politics particularly in Illinois The extensive databases and analysis of campaign finance in Illinois produced by the project can be accessed on the website of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform ilcampaign org Redfield delivered a keynote address at the award ceremony Past recipients of the award have included two other IGPA team members Governor Jim Edgar 2009 and former press secretary and director of the Paul Simon Institute Mike Lawrence 2008 Other Illinoisans of the Year include

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  • Mike Lawrence: The compelling challenge of rehabbing Illinois | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    dedicate his stewardship to rehabbing the buckling knees of a once proud giant among states He and legislative chieftains must summon rare statesmanship courage and creativity To chart their course they can reference a roadmap crafted by J Thomas Johnson and James D Nowlan long respected practitioners and former presidents of the Illinois Taxpayers Federation In their new book Fixing Illinois they make the case and the call for comprehensive reforms To the bloodied victor in the Quinn Rauner battle will go the spoils and the toil State government must overhaul an outdated tax structure that reflects the manufacturing muscled economy of 1969 instead of its service dominated successor In particular it needs to broaden tax bases instead of raise rates By extending the sales tax to most services exclusive of health care it can raise billions help revive and stabilize state finances and lower the rates on consumer purchases Similarly the income tax base can be broadened by including retirement benefits exceeding say 50 000 or 75 000 Politically painful yes but can Illinois policymakers justify maintaining any or all of the 67 percent income tax increase imposed on working families while sparing those with handsome retirement incomes Just as important the governor and legislature should spend more strategically As a recent audit highlighted the state has misspent millions by failing to purge Medicaid rolls of ineligibles It slights effective community based networks of education training and substance abuse services that would keep offenders out of far costlier prison cells Other targets for frugality abound Leaders too must encourage businesses to grow and locate here by re establishing fiscal integrity in Springfield dumping unduly cumbersome regulation and revising worker s compensation laws that make us less competitive with other states Optimally for political as well as policy reasons these

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/2014-op-ed-series/Lawrence (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    About Archive Illinois Budget 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 News IGPA s Tony Lo Sasso talks about who s profiting on the ACA IGPA Director Chris Mooney previews Spring legislative session Fiscal Futures Project discuss pension reform and state s budget deficit Robert Kaestner featured in WalletHub 2014 predictions for your wallet Director Chris Mooney discusses 2014 Illinois primary IGPA s Fred Giertz discusses financial impact of recent snow and cold IGPA s Fred Giertz says lack of state incentives on ADM move not necessarily a precedent IGPA s Cedric Herring on diversity at universities IGPA s Brian Gaines reflects on history s view of Kennedy presidency IGPA s Tony Lo Sasso discusses ACA implementation on Chicago Tonight Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Search the web Search igpa uillinois edu Search igpa uillinois edu library IGPA Site IGPA Library The

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-news?page=12 (2016-02-17)
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  • News | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    to look at impact of aging population on state and local budgets IGPA will sponsor a half day conference on Feb 22 to look at the looming impact of changing demographics on the budgets of state and local governments IGPA Affiliate Jeffrey Brown nominated by President Bush for Social Security and Medicare Jeffrey Brown an IGPA faculty affiliate and professor of finance at the U of I will be nominated by President Bush to serve as a trustee for the nation s Social Security and Medicare programs Pat Quinn Dawn Clark Netsch to debate Constitutional Convention question Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and former state Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch will discuss the constitutional convention question at a Policy Luncheon in Springfield on Wednesday March 5 U of I Flash Index breaks six month slide The University of Illinois Flash Index the first barometer of the Illinois economy each month broke a six month slide with a slight increase in January The Illinois Report 2008 provides nonpartisan evidence based policy advice IGPA has released The Illinois Report 2008 a nonpartisan evidence based assessment of pressing issues that face Illinois Latest delegate count analysis indicates major slippage for Giuliani An IGPA analysis of delegate strength for the presidential candidates indicates major slippage for Republican Rudy Giuliani and gains for Democrat Barack Obama Analysis of public opinion poll data shows slip in delegate count for Clinton and Huckabee An analysis of public opinion poll data just ahead of the Iowa caucuses indicates some delegate slippage for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Mike Huckabee Flash Index Illinois economic growth slows for sixth consecutive month The University of Illinois Flash Index declined in December for the sixth straight month But the index still indicates the state s economy is growing IGPA to explore health policy positions

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/igpa-news?page=39 (2016-02-17)
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