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June 23, 2016Debtwire

Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority’s (MPEA) debt service payments may take a backs at to other budget issues in the absence of a FY17 budget for Illinois, said Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

The prolonged gridlock between Democrats and Republicans

June 22, 2016State Journal Register

Recently, Governor Bruce Rauner and many of his strongest Republican supporters in the General Assembly have made it a point to urge voters who live in central and southern Illinois, and the legislators who represent them, to "stand up against the Chicago political machine" and refuse to allow

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June 22, 2016State Journal Register

Recently, Governor Bruce Rauner and many of his strongest Republican supporters in the General Assembly have made it a point to urge voters who live in central and southern Illinois, and the legislators who represent them, to "stand up against the Chicago political machine" and refuse to allow their tax dollars to be used "to bailout the City of Chicago." Superficially, this message most likely resonates with many who live in the communities where it gets delivered.

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April 22, 2016Daily Herald

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

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April 21, 2016State Journal Register

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

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April 20, 2016Reboot Illinois

One of the hottest topics in play when Reboot Illinois was founded in 2012 was debate over a possible Illinois progressive tax system.

The progressive tax debate on April 15 roared back into action as Democratic lawmakers proposed two pieces of legislation that, in tandem, would both

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April 20, 2016Ottawa Times

Last week, state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, presented a progressive tax plan that he said would bring in nearly $2 billion more to help pay for social services. The lawmaker said his plan would mean a cut for 99 percent of taxpayers.

Most Republicans oppose such proposals, saying they

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April 14, 2016Reboot Illinois

Last year, politicians passed a budget with a $4 billion deficit.  Earlier this year, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan suggested raising the state income tax back to 5%.  Then Speaker Madigan (again) proposed a new tax on job creators, calling it the Millionaire’s Tax.  Now, politicians

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April 9, 2016

Dick Kay recently discussed the status, politics, and impact of Illinois' current financial condition with guest Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and

March 31, 2016CBS 2 Chicago

CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire was interviewed by CBS Chicago's investigative reporter Dave Savini in Channel 2 News's continuing story about CPS coaches using public facilities and gym to operate private sports clubs. "A private sector entity was basically permitted to profit and profit

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