SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s assignment: Budget toolbox

Monday, Feb 24, 2014

* From an e-mail…

Hi Mr. Miller,

The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs is pleased to provide a new tool for anyone who is interested in examining ways to solve the state’s budget crisis. The Illinois Budget Policy Toobox, available now at http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox, can help you navigate the myriad proposals, ideas, and suggested solutions that have been or will be offered as possible ways to shrink the budget deficit and get Illinois out of its fiscal mess.

The Toolbox represents the work of IGPA faculty and other scholars who have examined several approaches to solving the problem. Our experts in public finance, economics and governance provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options, ranging from the reduction of the state income tax to business tax reform to reducing social services spending, among others. Our goal is to provide the background, context and evidence necessary to weigh each of these approaches fairly. We also expect the Toolbox to continue to develop. As new ideas and proposals arise, IGPA experts will examine them and provide new information to the Toolbox in a timely manner.

We at IGPA trust that you will find the information in the Toolbox useful in your efforts to tell your audiences about the fiscal policy debate in coming weeks and months. We invite you to use this information in concert with the many other sources of information at your disposal, knowing that the information that comes from IGPA is grounded in the best scholarship and is based on evidence rather than ideology or politics. The Toolbox essays will be followed by commentaries by the authors on each particular issue.

All of the experts who have contributed to the Toolbox are available for interviews, whether they be formal for use in a story or simply to gain more background and insight that will help you to work on a particular topic. And we stand ready to assist in whatever ways we can to enhance the value of this resource. We encourage you to check the Toolbox often for new information and, of course, we invite your feedback and ideas to help us make this resource even more useful for you.

Best,
Kelsey

Kelsey McCoy
Coordinator of Communication and Media
University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs

Go check it out and report back.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


28 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    That link with an expanded write-up was in the SJ-R this morning on the editorial page. Haven’t had time to play with it yet; one thing I want to see is if they have an option that says pension reform was found unconstitutional and to add that expense back in.


  2. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    I might’ve missed it, but it looks like a lot of quick summaries followed by pdf reports, rather than a nice way of balancing the budget for yourself.

    And the quick summary of across-the-board cuts neglected to mention federal matching funds.

    I’d love to see something more like http://www.concordcoalition.org/act/tools/principles-priorities


  3. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    (but for Illinois’ budget, rather than for the federal budget)


  4. - PublicServant - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    It would be nice, RNUG, if they could fine tune not only figuring pension debt back in, but a more realistic repayment timeline for the debt and realistic targeted funded levels (80-90%) for a state that exists in perpetuity. In addition, new GASB reporting guidelines don’t change a thing. GASB is not an elected, legislative body. The state can and should develop a repayment timeline that is reasonable in repaying a debt that has been 6+ decades in the making. Setting a repayment schedule and sticking to it, will satisfy the bond market much more so than attempting to make the hole our legislature has dug for us fit into the newly minted GASB reporting requirements form that some in the ILGOP are screaming that Illinois must comply with.


  5. - anon - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    Yeah, all the “tools” on that site seem to be PDF summaries. I’m not sure when PDFs (or summaries) became tools.


  6. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    - PublicServant - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    May take on it is the bond market is looking for permanent revenue. Every other state that did ‘pension reform’ and got a boost in their bond rating also did a permanent revenue increase. The one that didn’t make revenue permanent (us) got a bond rating downgrade.


  7. - Angry Republican - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:41 pm:

    Turn out the lights, the party’s over. From the fiscal futures report:
    “Illinois has a chronic, structural fiscal problem so huge that it cannot be eliminated by increases in economic growth alone, or - alas - agsressive pension changes alone. Indeed, the researchers concluded, even if we combine the change in pension laws with higher tax rates, the structural deficit still grows”


  8. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    Wonder if they take into consideration programs that are mandated by concent decrees, statutes or federal match. When you get into the budgets of DHS, HFS and DCFS, what looks like you cut on paper, quickly gets shot down when you consider the above.


  9. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:45 pm:

    Don’t know what good the PDF’s are other than conveying some facts. I was looking for a actual tool that let you click different revenue sources in and out, fine tune the revenue rates, click cuts or expanded spending in and out including federal dollar gain or loss, SB0001 pension reform in or out, school pension cost shift in and out, and have it show the overall budget impact in bar, pie and line chart format. Now THAT would be a tool to have fun with,


  10. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    You put the kind of tool I just described together, and even the politicans will be able to understand fisca policy in this state.


  11. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    A good starting point for background on the main issues. Thanks to the fine folks at IGPA for putting it together.

    It’s a bit surprising, however, not to see anything addressing the fact spending from “other state funds” is now nearly on par with spending from “general funds”.

    Spending from those “other” funds has increased from $17,769,053,800 in 2009 to $28,005,000,000 in 2014.

    We need to look at the big picture on both the revenue and spending side, and take everything into consideration - including extending the tax increase.


  12. - Bill White - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    Yup. I was expecting something like this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html?_r=0


  13. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    And the tool I described should allow not only FY15 but about 5 years out using a baseline growth assumption and let you pick a base growth assumption.


  14. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    “Budget Toolbox” was one of the few nicknames I had for John Filan back in the early days of the Blog that Rich wouldn’t delete iirc.

    To The Post, this wasn’t what I was expecting, either. Something interactive/real time would be very useful.


  15. - Almost the Weekend - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    This should be at the next GOP debate, using the budget tool box, what government entities would you cut since every single one of you supports repealing the income tax hike.


  16. - Demoralized - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    @Formerly:

    Those non-GRF funds (for the most part) have their own sources of revenue that are dedicated specifically for the purposes for which they are used. Unless you are going to pull a Blago and start taking money out of those other funds to use contrary to the statutory purposes of those funds then it isn’t very useful to look at those funds in terms of the budget problems.


  17. - Lunchbox - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    It’s too bad, an interactive graphic with the different options would have been more effective.


  18. - Judgment Day - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    Off Topic, but the State of IL just won a big one:

    http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/02/24/ui-labs-wins-70-million-federal-grant-new-digital-hub

    Congrats to everybody who worked on getting it done. Nice work!


  19. - Arizona Bob - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    Just glanced over the toolbox. Most were pretty objective and scholarly, except for the “Waste and Abuse” section by Elizabeth Powers, that used terms that indicated “underfunding” without establishing a factual basis for that claim.

    This seems to have provided no new information, it was just a rehash of other publications. One wonders how much this cost the taxpayers. It seems like just another matter of “Pork for Professors”!LOL


  20. - Arizona Bob - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    Having done graduate work at U of I (Urbana) I’m willing to bet that all the “heavy lifting” in this information was done by low paid graduate students, while the cash was collected by the profs. I REALLY wish someone would take a serious look at the way money is squandered at U of I. Only about 40% of their budget is spent on actual instruction, and most of that is done by inexperienced graduate students who have no proefessional experience in their field, no interest in teaching, and often are “English challenged” despite their TOEFFL scores. My guess is that you could cut 15% to 25% off their budget (with a commensurate drop in tuition and fees) and the students wouldn’t miss it a bit.


  21. - Bill White - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    @Arizona Bob

    Despite my disappointment at the lack of interactive ability to play “what if” scenarios my initial impression is that the data is presented in an easy to grasp format, which allows people new to the topic a shorter learning curve for grasping existing information.

    And that is a good thing . . .


  22. - Filmmaker Professor - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    why don’t you request an interview with Jim Edgar? That way he can do something besides traveling the state endorsing Republicans for his $175,000 taxpayer salary.


  23. - PublicServant - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    ===Only about 40% of their budget is spent on actual instruction, and most of that is done by inexperienced graduate students who have no proefessional experience in their field===

    Care to provide links to where you’re getting your figures?


  24. - Arizona Bob - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    Public Servant, it’s in the U of I budget presentation document. They give a general breakdown to as to where the revenue comes and where the spending goes.


  25. - steve schnorf - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 3:04 pm:

    Those looking for something interactive might take a look at this, developed by CTBA for Crains, with financial support from Crains

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/budget-calculator


  26. - x ace - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 6:14 pm:

    Immediately went to list of experts and found :

    Winkel

    Read no more . Tossed it !


  27. - Filmmaker Professor - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 9:31 pm:

    Arizona Bob - I have been researching one particular aspect of the budget for several years. The info I have will knock your socks off.


  28. - cod - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:26 pm:

    The section on personal income tax does list useful chunks of revenue related to specific policy items. Like, each 1% flat tax increase = $3B revenue increase, etc.

    I would like to see them do a policy package that does an analysis for a graduated tax system for Illinois, using the current income tax rates of our peer states (NY, CA, and MA?).


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Yeah, I know the feeling
* When "nonprofit" means "highly profitable"
* 50 UIUC students disrupt Rauner visit
* Zopp tapped to be deputy mayor
* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's events
* It's all about the 1 percent
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Utility companies behaving badly
* Proft warns "quislings"
* Stopgap can't stop massive CSU layoffs
* Report: CTU could delay strike
* Reasons for hope?
* Naïve cynicism and Illinois
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* History made on the South Side
* Meep-meep
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Fabled HTC smartwatch reportedly pushed back to early June
* Casey Neistat’s video app Beme has finally left beta and is now on Android
* [Video] Unboxing the YI Home Camera 2
* New HTC wearable could release in June
* [APK Download] Google Keyboard gets a major update in version 5
* Galaxy Note 6 hardware changes, LG fingerprint display & more – Pocketnow Daily
* iPhone 4s Inspired Fitbit to Redesign Fitness Trackers With Bluetooth 4.0 Support in 2011

* White Sox to celebrate Honorary Bat Girl on Sunday
* Hit in 57 games, win $5.6 million
* Inbox: Latos the White Sox biggest surprise?
* South Side Sox Mock MLB Draft - First Edition
* Following up: No explanation yet for triple play that wasn't
* Podcast: Are these White Sox destined for greatness?
* Battle of Sox to begin with Quintana-Wright

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Illinois panel again urges medical marijuana ex.....
* Unions: Continuing to change with the times - T.....
* To join or not to join: NLRB protects workers' .....
* Executive Order To Alleviate Judicial Backlog -.....
* Rauner Proclaims Small Business Week in Illinoi.....


* Marion police to 29 get new squad car cameras
* U of Illinois-Springfield to build first student union
* Chicago light pole falls on 3 girls, injuring 1
* 9 years after Chief's end, U of Illinois looks for mascot
* Illinois panel again urges medical marijuana expansion
* Art group dedicates Carl Sandburg statue to Galesburg
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Illinois construction worker dies weeks after explosion
* Protests target racism, debt at Southern Illinois University
* Illinois dedicates stretch of highway to fallen soldier

* Medicaid policy may deny access to HIV medication
* Price, demand driving Illinois' hog farm expansion
* Rauner: Graduated tax would be bad for the state
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Medical marijuana panel meets to evaluate 15 new conditions
* National Wrestling Hall of Fame revokes Hastert's awards
* For some, Chicago State University offers hope
* For some, Chicago State a flawed but final shot at a degree
* Constitutional amendments face a deadline this week
* Local groups counting on stopgap funding plan

* Civic Federation rips Rauner budget, declares Illinois finances at "new low"
* Chicago: Stop legal fight to look at new Lucas Museum site
* Rush, Cigna hatch deal to boost patient care
* Kirkland & Ellis to offer wellness training to all U.S. lawyers
* Will CPS teachers strike later this month?


* Man charged with DUI, reckless homicide for fatal hit-and-run
* Two shot in Englewood
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for May 3, 2016
* Dear Abby: Sister in her 50s always needs money
* North Dakota man plows Prince’s symbol in farm field
* ‘Captain America: Civil War’ review: Choose your own avenger
* Cubs in Pirates’ heads? Come on, it’s only May
* Man gravely wounded in Hermosa shooting
* Donald Trump far behind in preparing for general election
* Woman shot in West Pullman


* Thunder hold on beat Spurs 98-97, even series at 1-1
* Emanuel makes moves on homelessness; critics still boo
* 3 dead, including 2 teen boys, in Chicago shootings
* Man charged in fatal SW Side hit-and-run
* Jason Hammel admits surprise over early exit against Pirates
* Injuries to Jason Heyward, Matt Szczur test Cubs' depth
* Famous guru says he rejected a Nobel, and Malala did nothing to deserve hers
* Tension continues in Cubs' rivalry with Pirates during 7-2 victory
* Joe Maddon on beanball incident, replay challenge against Pirates
* Spooked by Beijing, India embraces closer US ties


* Their View: A sigh of relief that Chicago didn't get Olympics
* Their View: Be aware of commuters on two wheels
* Medicaid policy may deny access to HIV medication
* Kathleen Parker: Trump, in his own words
* Price, demand driving Illinois' hog farm expansion
* Rauner: Graduated tax would be bad for the state
* Bernard Schoenburg: Speaker Madigan on phone for Sangamon County Democrats fundraiser
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Medical marijuana panel meets to evaluate 15 new conditions
* National Wrestling Hall of Fame revokes Hastert's awards


* Monday's highlights: Centennial baseball outlasts Mahomet
* 3 suspended Illini absent from awards banquet
* Veteran Storm knocks off young Tigers
* Area prep statistics: Boys' tennis (May 3)
* More home cookin' for men's tennis?
* UI roundup: Hayes takes league hurler award
* Walton glad he stuck with Illini
* HS Baseball: Centennial vs. M-S
* PODCAST: News Gazette Sports Page 05-02-16
* Jury quick to find Kelley guilty


* Islanders look to bounce back in Game 3 against Lightning
* INSIDE WASHINGTON: Ag groups seek exemption from scrutiny
* Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country
* Asian stocks mostly higher following US lead
* Details of N. Korea party congress secret, but goals clear

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Sen. Durbin sees Cairo public housing negl......

* Rep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To Act - FOX ......
* Trump could be a real drag on GOP: Here ar......

* License Plate Mixup Causing Problems For Some Drivers
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* The quiet desperation of the middle class
* No teacher’s strike in ‘16? I’d feel safer predicting an all-Chicago World Series
* Sheridan Road Fixer-Upper: Mansion On The Market
* Homeless People, Advocates Skeptical Of Chicago Housing Pilot Program For 'Tent City' Residents
* Homeless Chicagoans, Advocates Skeptical Of Housing Pilot Program For 'Tent City' Residents
* Taxpayer-funded financial aid for immigrant college tuition heads to IL House
* 300 Chicago State University Workers Laid Off Amid State Budget Stalemate
* Meeting On Chicago's Pilot Program To Help The Homeless


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller