Press Releases

September 19, 2016

Tuesday, September 20th, at 9am, at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, along with Rep. Will Davis (D-30), Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-40), Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4), Sen. Karen McConnaughay (D-33), and Rep. Robert Pritchard

May 20, 2015

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) and the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois (TFI) jointly released a new report, Expanding the Base of Illinois’ Sales Tax to Consumer Services Will Both Modernize State Tax Policy and Help Stabilize Revenue. This report identifies why expanding the base of the state sales tax to include consumer services—like pet grooming, haircuts, country club membership, health clubs, and lawn care—would simultaneously help to stabilize revenue generation for the state’s fiscal system, while reforming tax policy to comport with the modern economy. 

April 26, 2015Indiana Economic Digest

Indiana’s school voucher program is neither as bad as its critics claim nor as important as its supporters believe — especially in northeast Indiana. The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, based in Chicago, released a report that takes a highly skeptical look at vouchers for students

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April 24, 2015nwi.com The Times

As the 2015 legislative session is about to end, this is the last and most crucial chance for the public to demand that our legislators do not continue on the wrongful path of diminishing and diverting state tax dollars away from the schools that serve our most disadvantaged students of poverty

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Students using vouchers to attend private schools have no academic edge over their public school peers, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

“There’s a substantial amount of evidence about what does and doesn’t work to enhance student achievement,” said Ralph Martire, the executive director of CTBA, a Chicago-based think tank. “Indiana’s approach runs contrary to what those best practices indicate you should do.”

Indiana’s school choice legislation is the most comprehensive in the nation, Martire said. It includes a voucher program, tax deductions and tax credits for parents who send their children to private schools, according to the report.

The report is a meta-analysis that looks at the results from studies of voucher programs in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Washington, D.C., as well as federal research on the effectiveness of charter and private schools. None of the studies that the authors analyzed found any evidence that students who received vouchers outperformed students who went to public schools, the report said.

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April 16, 2015

RESEARCH THINK TANK REPORT CONCLUDES: NO COMPELLING POLICY REASON 
TO SUBSIDIZE INDIANA SCHOOL VOUCHERS WITH PUBLIC TAXPAYER DOLLARS

July 30, 2014

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a new report, A Fiscal Review of the Chicago Housing Authority. CTBA’s analysis of the Chicago House Authority’s (CHA) own budget reports revealed that the CHA built up a large cash reserve while tens of thousands of households wait for affordable housing. 

April 7, 2014

On April 7, 2014, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a new report, Good for Business: How Illinois Can Best Support Small Business, which highlights the best practices and policy initiatives decision makers could take to support small businesses in Illinois.

January 23, 2014

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released an Issue Brief, “How Does Illinois Spending on Public Services Compare to Other States?”. The Issue Brief delineates how under objective evaluation, Illinois ranks near the bottom in spending on core services like education, healthcare, human services, and public safety. Over the last 10 years, overall spending on services in Illinois has declined in real terms after adjusting for inflation.

June 4, 2013

Chicago, IL (June 4, 2013) - The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a detailed analysis of the state's recently enacted FY2014 General Fund budget. The report places the FY2014 budget in context of the state's long-term spending patterns, budget problems and tax policy.

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