Tax and Budget

Analysis of the FY2013 Proposed Illinois FY2013 General Fund Budget

Release: April 8, 2012

This Report provides an analysis of the FY2013 General Fund budget proposed by Governor Pat Quinn on February 22, 2012.

Ramifications of State Budget Cuts to Human Services

Release: March 22, 2012

This Report, co-authored by CTBA and the Social Impact Research Center, highlights  the consequences of state budget cuts to human service programs.

Issue Brief: Shifting the Normal Cost & Employer "Pick-Ups" for Teachers

Release: March 7, 2012

This Issue Brief provides an overview of school districts contributions to the Teachers Retirement System, facts concerning the issue of employer pick-ups, and how shifting the responsibility for paying for teacher pensions would impact school districts.

The Case for Creating a Graduated Income Tax in Illinois

Release: February 1, 2012

Creating a graduated rate structure for the Illinois individual income tax is one  long-term, structural policy change that would simultaneously stimulate job growth in the state, tax people more fairly and reduce Illinois’ General Fund deficits.This Report explains why a graduated rate structure is needed in Illinois, and how it would impact taxpayers and the state's budget.

Wrong Time to Implement New Tax Breaks

Release: November 30, 2011

An analysis of Senate Bill 397 of the 97th General Assembly, which would have provided $250 million tax expenditures to various businesses at a time when Illinois was facing budget deficit and cuts to spending on core services.

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