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September 11, 2014Chicago Sun-Times

University of Illinois officials last week said that a higher percentage of students accepted at the U. of I. are deciding to go elsewhere because financial aid is insufficient. It’s another sign that Illinois’ continuous cuts are gradually eroding the state’s higher education system.

If you adjust for inflation, Illinois’ investment in higher education has been cut by 40 percent since 2000, according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. The share of costs borne by the state has dropped from nearly half a decade ago to less than 15 percent. To keep universities afloat, tuition has soared. State funding has dropped so much that people joke we no longer have state universities, just universities in the state.

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September 11, 2014Illinois Business Journal

Point/Counterpoint

Is the proposed "Millionaires Tax" a good or bad idea?  Read what Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute have to say about it.

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September 9, 2014Capitol Fax

**From today’s debate…

Rauner was asked whether he was asking voters to take his budget and educations plans on faith since his plans to freeze property taxes and reduce income taxes so far don’t appear to add up.

“We have the money for our schools, if we put it in the schools,” Rauner began, before he was asked to come off of talking points and make his promises add up.

“We close corporate welfare loopholes, we reform our tax code, we cut wasteful spending, we put in regulatory changes to grow the economy,” Rauner offered as ways to balance the budget.

** Um, no. Unless he wants to raise taxes even higher than they are now. From the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability…....

August 5, 2014Progress Illinois

Over recent years, the Chicago Housing Authority has built up large cash reserves primarily by holding onto millions in federal funds intended for housing vouchers, shows a recent report by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Progress Illinois takes a look at the report's findings and gets reaction from affordable housing advocates.

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August 5, 2014Bloomberg

“The state is facing real fiscal issues,” said Amanda Kass, budget director and pension specialist at the Chicago-based Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. “But there are real opportunities here to address the state’s structural deficit.”

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August 4, 2014Chicago Sun-Times

For nearly 10 years, the CHA has taken in more federal money than it has spent, piling up a reserve of $432 million in 2012, according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a local think tank. The CHA says it’s down to $355 million. 

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August 1, 2014Hoy

CHICAGO – A Elia Báez le parece injusto que la agencia que administra la vivienda pública en Chicago haya amasado millones de dólares y no use los fondos para proporcionar vivienda a residentes de bajos ingresos.

La agencia Chicago Housing

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July 30, 2014Chicago Tribune

For the first time in more than five years, the Chicago Housing Authority has opened its waiting list and is issuing housing choice vouchers to 3,000 new residents who need help paying their rent, officials with the agency said.

But while the expansion of the housing choice program is being hailed by some as good news, a local, independent think tank is releasing a report Wednesday alleging that over the same five years, the CHA has steadily socked away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of spending the money to house the poor.

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July 30, 2014Crain's Chicago Business

The Chicago Housing Authority has hoarded millions of dollars in a reserve fund and used federal taxpayer money for non-housing-related services, despite a waiting list of thousands of low-income residents, a new study says.

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July 30, 2014

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a new report, A Fiscal Review of the Chicago Housing Authority. CTBA’s analysis of the Chicago House Authority’s (CHA) own budget reports revealed that the CHA built up a large cash reserve while tens of thousands of households wait for affordable housing. 

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