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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.

April 7, 2014Illinois Times

Quinn says Illinois can’t afford to let tax hike expire

Gov. Pat Quinn presented his annual budget address March 26 at the Capitol. In the 25-minute speech, Quinn emphasized his plan to stabilize revenues and prevent deep spending cuts in Illinois for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and future years. The crux of that plan is keeping the individual income tax at its present rate of 5 percent.

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April 7, 2014Crain's Chicago Business

The $250 million annual property tax increase that Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to shore up two of Chicago's dangerously underfunded pension funds could almost double if he reaches similar deals to restructure other equally troubled retirement plans, according to a Crain's estimate.

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March 27, 2014Public News Service

In his state budget address Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said keeping the tax hike is a hard choice – and some question if it is the right choice.

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March 15, 2014Rockford Register Star

As I often remind you, Illinois is in a world of financial hurt. Liberals say we have a revenue problem, conservatives say we have a spending problem. Both sides make convincing cases for their beliefs.

I tend to be one who says our state needs to trim spending instead of ask for more

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March 14, 2014Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Proponents say moving to a graduated rate from a single tax rate for all would help the middle class and small businesses and fix the state's budget problems.

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March 10, 2014StandardJournal.com

Local chapters of the League of Women Voters Illinois in both Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties are sponsoring a speaking tour for Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) Chicago.

 

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February 26, 2014Catalyst Chicago

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sounded the fiscal crisis alarm on Wednesday and made clear that the district would like the same pension changes applied to CPS teachers that the state imposed on other public employees.

Next year, CPS will owe the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund $696 million,

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February 26, 2014Illinois Issues

A call is coming from some corners for Illinois' leaders to bring voters a choice to alter the Constitution to include a graduated income tax.

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February 20, 2014Crain's Chicago Business

In a case scrutinized for potential ramifications for pension reform in Illinois, the Arizona Supreme Court today ruled unconstitutional efforts to curtail benefit increases for retired judges.
The Arizona case has been on the local radar because Arizona and Illinois are, along with New York, the only three states with constitutionally mandated protections for state pensions.

“My one-word comment is 'predictable,' ” said Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, on today's ruling. “All the Arizona Supreme Court did is read the plain language and said there's no need for legal construction here: The language is plain on its face. Hence, it's unconstitutional.”

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