A new report finds that a Janus decision against fair share fees would lower public sector worker earnings and have negative impacts on the U.S. economy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the “study says the expected outcome of the Janus case will shrink public-sector labor unions in 23 states.”
On Wednesday, May 2, the Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee held a hearing on the possibility of a progressive income tax in Illinois. Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) provided a brief testimony. Here is what he said. Continue reading “ILEPI Testimony on a Progressive Income Tax Before the Illinois House”
La Grange: The deteriorating conditions of Illinois’ transportation systems, state owned facilities, education buildings, and veterans’ homes have resulted in residents across the state experiencing pothole filled roads, overcrowded schools, and poorly maintained university buildings and state facilities. The annual … Continue reading REPORT: Illinois Needs $21 Billion Per Year to Fix State Building Facilities and Transportation Systems
The Spring 2018 Edition of ILEPI’s newsletter, Illinois Insights, has been released. The Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) has released the Spring 2018 Edition of our quarterly newsletter, Illinois Insights. In this edition, we discuss two recent reports that highlight the effects of prevailing … Continue reading Illinois Insights Spring 2018 Edition
It is tax season once again. By this time next week, millions of Illinois households will file their state and federal income tax forms. With Tax Day one week away, the Illinois Economic Policy Institute asks: How did you do in 2017? Continue reading “Filing Taxes this Week? See Where You Stand in Illinois”
On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 the Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives held a hearing titled “Effects of the Proposed Federal Infrastructure Plan.” Mary Craighead, AICP, transportation policy analyst with ILEPI, submitted testimony that is summarized below. Continue reading “ILEPI Testimony at the Illinois House Transportation Committee”
Falling Motor Fuel Tax Revenues Accelerate Funding Shortfall La Grange: The rapidly deteriorating condition of Illinois roads, bridges, and transit systems is producing increased congestion and vehicle maintenance costs, and the annual cost of needed repairs currently stands at $4.6 … Continue reading REPORT: Illinois Needs $4.6 Billion Per Year to Fix Roads, Bridges, and Transit Systems
On Tuesday, February 27, the Labor and Commerce Committee in the Illinois House held a hearing titled “Impacts of Repealing the Prevailing Wage.” Frank Manzo IV, MPP, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI); Robert Bruno, Ph.D., Director of the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois; and Kevin Duncan, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Colorado State University-Pueblo submitted testimonies.
The following article provides condensed versions of those testimonies.
How will Illinois respond: acknowledge that the current Administration is unwilling to provide direct support and offer local funding solutions or continue to hold out for broader federal aid? Continue reading “President Trump’s Proposed Infrastructure Plan: The Shift to Local Funding and Illinois’ Response”
The Illinois Prevailing Wage Act is good for workers, businesses, and families in Illinois. For proof, all we have to do is look to our neighbors in Indiana, where prevailing wage was repealed in July 2015.
Illinois added 15,000 union members in 2017 while its five bordering states lost 104,000 union members. Continue reading “Union Membership Increased in Illinois, Fell in Neighboring States Last Year”
Interstate 80 near Joliet is a prime example of a roadway in desperate need of improvements. Built in the 1960s as an original portion of the interstate highway system, it is a crucial east-west corridor for both the Chicago region and the nation. However, inadequate infrastructure funding on both the state and federal levels has left travelers in the lurch, subjecting them to not only the inconvenience of congestion and an inefficient roadway, but also safety issues. Continue reading “I-80: Exemplifying the Need for Infrastructure Investment”