La Grange: From the number of training hours and graduation rates to the diversity of classes and the lifetime earnings of graduates, Illinois’ joint labor-management construction apprenticeship programs are rivaling– and in some cases exceeding– the performance of the state’s … Continue reading STUDY: Illinois’ Construction Apprenticeship Programs Rival State Colleges and Universities on Key Performance Metrics
With persistent state funding gap, Illinois property taxes have risen to 7th highest in the nation Continue reading “Study Offers Roadmap to Stem Growth of Illinois’ Property Tax Rates”
La Grange: As Illinois lawmakers continue debating whether to enact nurse staffing standards in the state’s hospitals, a new national survey of registered nurses has linked the proposal with dramatically superior workplace outcomes in California, the only state that has enacted such a law. The survey was sponsored by grassroots organization Nurses Take D.C. and compiled over 9,000 responses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results were then aggregated and analyzed by the Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI).
Chicago: A fast-tracked $15 minimum wage by 2021 in the City of Chicago would increase paychecks Continue reading “REPORT: $15 Minimum Wage Would Boost Incomes for 430,000 Chicago Workers and Lift 100,000 Residents Out of Poverty”
Unions Boost Worker Wages by 11% Continue reading “Study: Unionization Fell Last Year, But Illinois’ Middle Class Still Depends on Unions”
On Friday, April 26, the Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee held a subject matter hearing on “Workforce Development, Reducing Unemployment, and Improving the Economy.” Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) testified before the committee. Here is what he said.
Savings from HR 2604/SB 1908 would offset 75% of cost of hiring more nurses Continue reading “STUDY: Nurse Staffing Bill Could Save Illinois Hospitals $1.4 Billion”
Would a progressive income tax cause the wealthy to leave for other states? How would it impact small businesses and the economy? The Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have jointly released a one-page fact sheet with answers to these and other common questions.
On Wednesday, March 27, the Illinois House Labor & Commerce Committee held a hearing on House Bill 2604 regarding safe patient limits. Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) testified before the committee. Here is what he said.
The Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have jointly released a one-page fact sheet on the impacts of switching to a progressive income tax in Illinois. Continue reading “Progressive Income Tax in Illinois: Fact Sheet”
New Study: State’s Current Flat Tax System Overcharges Middle Class, Strains Public Budgets Continue reading “Graduated Rates Would Provide Tax Relief, Shrink Deficits, and Boost the Illinois Economy”
On Thursday, March 21, the Illinois House Appropriations-Capital Committee held a subject matter hearing on including agricultural, natural resources, and environmental investments in a potential capital bill. Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) submitted a written testimony. Here is the testimony. Continue reading “ILEPI Testimony on Investing in Water Infrastructure”