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May 21, 2015Northern Public Radio

Two tax policy organizations with distinct views released a joint report about Illinois revenue. It outlines how taxing services, such as haircuts and pet grooming, could generate up to two point one billion dollars in new annual revenue.

Ralph Martire, who is from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, says Illinois has one of the most narrow tax bases in the country.

"The Illinois sales tax applies pretty much just to the sale of products and misses services, and this is one of the real reasons why our sales tax doesn't function and--and frankly doesn't comport with the modern economy." 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner discussed during his campaign the possibility of taxing some services. However, there has been no movement in the legislature to pass a sales tax on services, even as lawmakers work to bridge a 6 billion dollar shortfall in the 2016 budget.

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May 21, 2015Daily Herald

It's relieving to know that, as a matter of Illinois state constitutional law, words in the English language actually have the meanings identified in the dictionary. Which is really what the Illinois Supreme Court ruled when it held that the "pension reform" legislation of 2013 was unconstitutional.

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May 20, 2015WICS NewsChannel 20

As budget talks continue at the Statehouse, two organizations suggesting where Illinois needs to go financially. The Taxpayers' Federation and Center for Tax and Budget Accountability held a conference outlining possible solutions to the state's struggling fiscal situation.

With Democrats seeking more tax revenue and the Governor proposing numerous cuts, both groups agreed the state should apply the sales tax to more services, which they say would better balance the economy.

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May 20, 2015State Journal-Register

Two tax policy organizations with distinct views have released a joint report explaining why taxing more consumer services would help stabilize Illinois tax revenue. The report from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the Taxpayer's Federation of

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May 20, 2015State Journal-Register

It's relieving to know that, as a matter of Illinois state constitutional law, words in the English language actually have the meanings identified in the dictionary — which is really what the Illinois Supreme Court ruled when it held that the "pension reform" legislation of 2013 was unconstitutional.

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Though Springfield at the moment is tied up in bitter ideological battles, eventually lawmakers are going to have to pass a state budget that almost certainly will require some new revenue. In that vein, a report out today suggests what could be a surprisingly large source: extending the state's sales tax to cover more services, something that has drawn some backing from both legislative Democrats and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.

According to the study, extending the state's portion of the sales tax—5 cents on the dollar; the remaining sales tax comes from municipalities and other local governments—to consumer services would pull in a whopping $2.1 billion a year for the state treasury. The fee would hit things such as hair grooming, haircuts, country club and health club memberships, and lawn care.

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The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois have released a report analyzing Illinois's sales tax rates and base, concluding that expanding the sales tax base to consumer services would increase state tax revenue, modernize the state's tax policy, and improve the stability of the state's fiscal system. 

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May 19, 2015The News-Gazette

The Legislature is scheduled to be in session for the next 13 days, as it plods toward its traditional May 31 adjournment date (although there's nothing that says it can't stay in Springfield longer). 

There has been no open discussion of a particular tax

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If you want to know where to find some money for state government, Ralph Martire has some ideas.  The executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability shared his ideas with members of the Senate Revenue Committee.  What about adding the sales tax to at least some services?

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May 11, 2015WUIS—91.9

It took legislators years of talking about Illinois' pension problem before they did much about it. There was a 2011 law that affects state employees, university professors, and public school teachers hired after that time. Then in 2013 they passed a law that reduced current workers' and

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