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How Much is Enough? Assessing the Level of State Services in Illinois

Tax and budget policy decisions often reflect a tension in public discourse over the question, how much is enough? In the United States, the public generally agrees that certain tasks, services, and infrastructure needs are best addressed collectively through government. It is acknowledged, however, that a government in a free society cannot be fully responsible for furnishing a level of comfort and security that diminishes the incentives that are essential for robust economic activity.The appropriate point on the spectrum between too much and not enough will always be the subject of debate as will the question of how we identify when we have reached that point. Download and read report

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