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CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire makes the case that the most fertile area for a budget compromise is education funding reform. Any permanent fix to the state's structural deficit requires bipartisan cooperation as a practical matter. What's necessary to get to bipartisan cooperation are policies that achieve a shared goal. All the key players in Springfield have publicly stated that they want to see education funding reform.
"The good news is our Republican governor and Democratic senate president and house speaker have all committed to reforming Illinois' inadequate and inequitable school funding formula. The better news is there are evidence-based, non-ideological approaches to implementing this reform that will create a system that's equitable in distribution and adequate in amount for all children — at risk or not. What better basis could there be for reaching a bipartisan "grand bargain" on tax policy?"