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University of Chicago Experts on the State of the Union

Environmental policy
Don Coursey, the Ameritech Professor in the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Coursey has studied governmental regulation of the environment, including the costs and benefits of various policies. He thinks the Republicans should not be faulted for their record on environmental policy, or for their plans to shift responsibility to the states. For more information, contact William Harms (773) 702-8356.

Tax policy, federal budget process
Elizabeth Garrett, Assistant Professor in the Law School. Garrett is an expert on federal budget policy and taxation, alternative tax systems and the federal budget process. Garrett said Clinton continues to look backward rather than forward on the budget process. He needs to plan the budget he is supposed to present in a few weeks. He also didn’t deal with fundamental tax reform, which is going to be one of the major issues in the campaign this year. For more information, contact Catherine Behan at (773) 702-8359.
Joseph Isenbergh, the Seymour Logan Professor in the Law School. Isenbergh is an expert on federal taxation, tax policy and international business transactions. He believes the best way to deal with America’s current “economic discontent” is to tax consumption instead of income and revamp Social Security and other programs. For more information, contact Catherine Behan at (773) 702-8359.

Welfare reform
Evelyn Brodkin, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Brodkin, an expert in poverty policy and politics of the welfare state, recently completed a two-year study examining street-level implementation of welfare-to-work policies. She found systemic problems in a state-controlled pilot program as agency staff struggled to meet quotas for participation. For more information, contact Catherine Behan at (773) 702-8359.

 

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