Springfield-- Tired of paying more
state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis?
Now you can do more than cry, "Throw
the bums out!"
think tanks and Crain's Chicago Business have developed an interactive online
"Illinois Budget Calculator." It puts the budget's general fund --
half of the state's total spending -- in your virtual hands.
The budgeting exercise lets anyone weigh
priorities using real-world dollar amounts which match the current fiscal
year's budget and appropriations.
Users may review proposals, make policy
choices and decide which programs -- education, human services, health care or
public safety -- should get more or less money.
Co-developers are the Center for Tax and
Budget Accountability and the Institute for Work and the Economy.
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