A SPEA student earns a special honor because her research helped change the way an Indiana county does business. Here is the message SPEA Executive Associate Dean David Reingold sent to faculty and staff:
“Please join me in congratulating SPEA student Madeline Dinges as a recipient of the 2014 Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, the first student to be recognized in the category of Professional Inquiry. This prestigious university-wide award is presented by the offices of the provost, vice provost for undergraduate education, and vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, and honors students who have produced exceptional and original academic work.
"Madeline is a junior, majoring in Policy Analysis. This award recognizes the quality and impact of her work in developing and interpreting tax simulations for the government of Lake County, IN, resulting in the 2013 adoption of the County Option Local Income Tax by the Lake County Commissioners, which subsequently ended a state-imposed freeze on local appropriations that had been in place since 2007. A related academic paper is currently under review at Public Budgeting and Finance, entitled “Indiana’s Property Tax Caps: Old Idea, New Approach, and Surprising Incentives.” This honor is shared with Madeline’s faculty mentor and co-author, Assistant Professor Justin Ross, whose commitment to students was also honored with IU Trustee Teaching Awards in 2009 and 2013.”