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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. 

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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May 7, 2015

Ralph Martire of the bi-partisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability analyzes the data and explains the fundamental issues that are at the root of the fiscal problems in Illinois impacting education. The conclusion? The deficit and the future of education in Illinois have a solution; the data show us what must be done.

April 29, 2015The Chicago Reporter


The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights rallied against Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget cuts at the

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April 28, 2015The News-Gazette

Last Monday, at a town hall meeting convened in Champaign by State Representative Carol Ammons, CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire told those gathered that Illinois' tax policy, designed for a 1900's economy, simply doesn't work anymore. 

Illinois can solve its multibillion-dollar

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April 27, 2015WAND 17

CHAMPAIGN - If you haven't heard the phrase "budget cuts" recently, then you don't live in Illinois.  "We have a structural deficit that will not be fixed by cutting out essential services," said State Representative Carol Ammons.  "We can not fix it by cutting D.H.S. services, senior services,

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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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