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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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April 22, 2015State Journal-Register

In what's been dubbed the "Good Friday Massacre," Rauner's administration proposed trimming an additional $26 million from the current budget, in part by cutting services for individuals with autism and burial funds for the indigent. 

One has to ask "Why

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April 21, 2015Pioneer Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting the amount of state income tax shared with local governments by half. That's about a $600,000 reduction for Northlake. Since the state and city run on different budget years — the state's fiscal year starts July 1 and the city of Northlake's on January 1 —

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