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Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox webinars set

Published May 5, 2014
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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 virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation. Using high-quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the 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 U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), will present an opportunity to learn more about this project and interact with the scholars through a series of upcoming webinars.

The webinars will be offered on the second Tuesday of every 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, UIUC Public Policy; Christopher Z. Mooney, Director of IGPA; Richard 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.

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