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Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox Webinars Set

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014

URBANA, Ill. - Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts.

The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a collection of papers that assess policy options that help to frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation. Using the best academic scholarship, leading policy experts from University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.

The U of I Extension Local Government Information and Education Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois Institute of Government Policy and Public Affairs (IGPA), will present an opportunity to learn more about this project and provide an opportunity to interact with the scholars through a series of upcoming webinars.

The webinars will be offered on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at noon. Session topics and speakers include:

May 13 - Toolbox Fundamentals

·         About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of IGPA

·         Overview of the Economic Situation; David Merriman, UIC, Public Administration

·         The “Do Nothing” Option; J. Fred Giertz, UIUC, Economics

·         Making the 2011 Tax Increase Permanent; Richard F. Dye, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project

June 10 - Tools to Address Revenue

·         About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of IGPA

·         Increasing Sin Taxes; Julian Reif and John Schneider, UIUC, Economics

·         Business Tax Options; David Merriman, UIC, Public Administration

·         Sales Tax Options; J. Fred Giertz, UIUC, Economics

August 12 - Tools to Address Spending

·         About the Toolbox Project; Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of IGPA

·         Bending the Curve; Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership

·         Waste and Abuse in Human Affairs Spending; Elizabeth Powers, UIUC, Economics

·         Health Spending; Anthony Lo Sasso, UIC, Health Policy and Administration

·         Better Fiscal Planning; Nancy Hudspeth, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project

September 9 - Important Questions about Redistricting in Illinois

·         Brian Gaines, Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of IGPA, Rick Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership

Registration is required and can be done at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/. You will be provided log-on information so that you may participate in the program from your home or your office via the Internet.

 Each session will be recorded and posted at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lgien/online.cfm.

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The Illinois Budget Toolbox is a project by the Illinois Institute of Government Policy and Public Affairs presented in partnership with University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information and Education Network.

Source: Kathie Brown, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development, brownlk@uiuc.edu