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September 30, 2013mystateline.com Rockford

State Senator Dave Syverson and Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability spoke out with differing opinions.

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September 26, 2013WGEM Quincy

Ralph Martire with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability spoke at a League of Women Voters forum on September 26, 2013, at Quincy University's North Campus.

"Illinois' taxes are designed to work in about a turn of the century economy if the turn of the century were going into the 1900's. Since it doesn't work in a modern economy, we've never had adequate revenue to invest in infrastructure or education or healthcare or social services," said Ralph Martire.

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September 6, 2013Substance News

Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund cites CTBA's bipartisan analysis that the financial challenges facing their Pension Fund can be attributed to nearly 20 years of short-sighted decisions involving diverted taxes.

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August 16, 2013State School News Service

So far, it's only a resolution, nothing more, a resolution filed in the House and Senate, virtually identical to resolutions filed almost annually for the last quarter-century, only rarely to be debated and never passed.

Even if passed, the resolution would need a super-majority of

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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.

May 7, 2013Mokena Patch

State legislature may consider whether to move to a graduated income tax rate, meaning those who earn more would pay more.

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The progressive tax could lower the marginal tax rate of 94 percent of the state’s taxpayers.

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May 2, 2013Huffington Post

It's clear that the state's budget crisis is a complicated problem with no quick fix.

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February 19, 2013

Today the Equity and Excellence Commission, appointed by U. S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to examine disparities in educational opportunities with a focus on systems of finance, will release the results of its 2-year investigation in a report: "For Each and Every Child." CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire is a federal commissioner.

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