Posts tagged "Illinois Policy Institute"

Ah ha! Mike Madigan's budget is $5 billion out of whack

The reporting on the Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s bogus budget passed on Friday by the House doesn’t seem to emphasize what needs to be emphasized: It is $5 billion out of whack. A $5 billion deficit violates the Illinois constitution’s requirement for a balanced budget. It does nothing to get the bond ratings services... Read more »

An Illinois pension primer gets to the heart of the problem

The Better Government Association recently published an apologia for Illinois’ high government worker pensions, diminishing them as a reason for the state’s financial problems. Its “Big pensions just a tiny part of big pension mess” is a disappointing and thin explanation that is based on union-friendly or financed sources, such as Ralph Martire, executive director of the... Read more »

Illinois' government worker retirement debt now a staggering $267,000,000,000.00

That’s $267 billion, or $56,000 for each and every Illinois household, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.  That means if Illinois is going to give all government retirees–state and local–everything to which they are entitled as the state constitution, Democrats and unions demand, every Illinois household will have to cough up an additional $56,000 in taxes. An impossible... Read more »
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The hands of an astonishing 7,000 local Illinois governments are in your pocket

Wondering why your property taxes are so high and so impervious to any concept of rational spending? Blame the 7,000 units of local governments in Illinois, far and away the most of any state. Many of those local governments–especially townships and school districts–are duplicative, inefficient and just plain useless. The useful jobs that they do can... Read more »

Nearly half the $13,077 Illinois spends per student goes, not to the students, but to pensions

Illinois public schools are under attack; they don’t get enough money; they don’t get respect. Give them more and more and more money. From statements like those, you’d think that Attila the Hun is riding into Illinois with the sole mission of slashing education funds down to nothing with the intent of making American children the... Read more »

How to balance Illinois' budget without a tax increase

Yes, it can be done, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank. Some people will dismiss the idea out of hand because it has a conservative viewpoint. But give it a chance by going here.
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Mike Madigan's little-known powers as Illinois House Speaker

Is there any other House Speaker in any other state with such dictatorial powers? Read Madigan’s rules: How Illinois gives its House speaker power to manipulate and control the legislative process from the Illinois Policy Institute. Read why Americans need to learn about the nation’s most ignored war. Find out what freelance editorial services I can provide for you.

This oughta be good: Illinois Policy Institute's documentary on House Speaker Mike Madigan

It’s about time that someone did a documentary on Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, the pilot who drove the state of Illinois into a mountain. Now, the Illinois Policy Institute has done it. Check out this trailer: As the Institute notes: Illinois is one of only 14 states without term limits and this documentary highlights... Read more »

2016 is the worst year for Illinois manufacturing since the end of the Great Recession

According to the Illinois Policy Institute: The Illinois workforce shrank by 22,000 people in August, according to a new report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES. Unemployed people dropping out of the workforce was the entire cause of the unemployment rate dropping to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percent on the month.  Read more. Read why... Read more »
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Every five minutes, someone abandons Illinois

Adiós.  Arrivederci. Ciao. Auf Wiedersehen. Sayonara. Zàijiàn. Add another outbound lane to the Interstates. The only way to slow down the flow is tax outbound traffic. Maybe I shouldn’t be giving House Speaker Michael Madigan any ideas. As the Illinois Policy Institute reports: The Land of Lincoln is losing one person to out-migration every five... Read more »
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