Kotowski, Althoff, and CIPV push aside partisan bickering over budget; promote new way forward
Chicago – Illinois Senators Dan Kotowski (D) and Pam Althoff (R) joined with Jason Saul and Raj Sharma, co-founders of the Center for Innovation & Public Value (CIPV), to announce the findings of CIPV’s inaugural Public Value Monitor, its study to identify the outcomes that Illinois taxpayers want from government and how they want their tax dollars spent. The survey, based on a representative sample of Illinois citizens, found that Democrats and Republicans agree on the same outcomes from government and in large part agree on where taxpayer dollars should be spent.
The Public Value Monitor survey found that respondents who consider themselves Republican or Democrats generally agree on four out of the top five most important outcomes from government: increasing employment, improving school quality and performance, creating new jobs, and reducing crime. Democrats and Republicans both ranked the outcome of increased employment as the top priority for the State.
The survey asked respondents to assume the role of state budget director and allocate tax dollars according to outcomes and found that both parties want to spend more on attracting/growing business, ensuring public safety, and improving infrastructure. Respondents from both parties want to spend less on education and healthcare outcomes, and basic government support functions.