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April 15, 2016

Live Webinar
Summary: Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force
Thursday, April 21, 2016, Noon to 1pm (CST)

In February 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner created a bi-partisan Governmental Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. The Task Force, which included legislators, local public officials, and citizens, met 17 times and approved 27 recommended state actions to remove mandates and/or improve opportunities for residents and local governments to modernize their governmental structure and reduce costs. 
 Speakers are Norman Walzer, Ph.D., and Brian Costin. Walzer is a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Government Studies at Northern Illinois University. He led the CGS team to assist the Governor’s Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.  Brian Costin is Director of Policy for Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti.

"Only 26% of American cities are engaging in the maker movement, which is shown to have a positive economic impact in cities," said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director, National League of Cities. Across the country, cities are working hand-in-hand with maker communities to invest in makerspaces and encourage entrepreneurialism. This city-level support has helped to cement the role of makers as potential job creators and conduits for economic growth. A new report outlines how cities can benefit from the maker movement.

This year, Rural Development has over $37 million in loan funds available and record low interest rates to invest in eligible projects.  Funds can cover new construction, renovations, equipment, professional fees, etc., and can be partnered with other local, state or federal funding.  Funding for repairs and upgrades to water and waste water infrastructure are also eligible for historically low interest rates of 2.875% for loans up to 40 years.

One factor complicating the minimum-wage discussion is that the cost of living varies widely – not just from state to state but within individual states, something that’s especially true in large, diverse states. The real value of $15 (that is, its purchasing power) depends on where you live: A wage that might be barely adequate in a big city could be well above the norm in a rural small town.


April 21, 2016 - Summary: Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates - webinar

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