Event part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program

Meet and GreetrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on April 24 in Nokomis as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 6 to 7:30 pm April 24 in the Nokomis City Hall at 22 S Cedar St.

Manar regularly hosts “Capitol on your Corner” events in communities across the 48th District to meet with constituents and answer questions about state government. But with the recent action in Springfield on Manar’s proposal to reform school funding, Manar anticipates the discussion at the event to focus on education.

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Manar says current system “is doing a disservice to taxpayers and children”

040214cm0126RSPRINGFIELD – Earlier this year, a bipartisan State Senate committee, created by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill), issued a report acknowledging Illinois’ outdated school funding system and recommending changes be made to the system to better reflect students’ needs.

On Wednesday, Manar, along with other Senate Democrats, introduced the School Funding Reform Act of 2014, a proposal to streamline the current hodgepodge of funding sources into one funding formula that would account for school districts’ funding needs.

“Illinois has the second-most inequitable school funding system in the nation. Our current funding system is doing a disservice to taxpayers, school districts and, most importantly, our children,” Manar said. “The funding system we are proposing will better address student needs, such as socio-economic background, language ability or special learning needs, while also accounting for a school district’s ability to raise funds locally.”

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022714 CM 0013csRSPRINGFIELD – In 2004, the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program (FTRLP) was created to provide zero-interest loans of up to $250,000 to fire departments to help cover the cost of purchasing a new fire truck. The price tag of a new truck has increased over the years and lawmakers believe the amount the program can loan should follow suit.

A new proposal passed by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) on Tuesday would increase the amount FTRLP can loan local fire departments from $250,000 to $350,000.

“The original intent of this program was to help ease the financial burden for fire departments, especially smaller volunteer departments,” Manar said. “I believe as the cost of a new truck has increased, so should the money available through the loan program.”

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Study shows bill would create hundreds of construction jobs by repurposing historic buildings statewide

Springfield, Ill.—An economic study prepared by the University of Illinois Springfield for Landmarks Illinois demonstrates that a statewide historic tax credit would help rehabilitate dozens of historic buildings, pay for itself without a hit to the state budget, and create hundreds of jobs across the state.  The study prompted the introduction of HB4533 by Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) on February 4, 2014, to support the creation of a statewide historic tax credit. Its counterpart, SB336, sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), passed the State Senate on April 24, 2013, with a resounding vote of 46-8.

Illinois joined more than 30 states nationwide when it passed a law in 2011 to spur job creation through a localized historic tax credit.  The credit is available for private developers repurposing historic buildings in five “River’s Edge” cities (Aurora, East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria and Rockford), but it is due to expire in 2016 and is not available to cities statewide.  A statewide historic tax credit, according to Landmarks Illinois’ study “Economic Development Opportunities from an Illinois Historic Tax Credit,” would generate as much as $10.24 in economic impact per $1.00 in historic tax credit award during the construction phase alone, and up to $11.47 per $1.00 in the first five years after completion.  The state would capture income and sales tax revenues before it allocates the tax credit and only does so if the historic rehabilitation project meets all guidelines leaving the private developer and investors to bear the risk. Illinois municipalities would also collect increased property taxes from undervalued buildings that are often not contributing much or anything to support the local economy. 

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