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February 16, 2023Politico

Gov. JB Pritzker proposed a $49.6 billion budget Wednesday that beefs up education at all levels and puts more money into the state’s underfunded pension plans. Ralph Martire spoke with Shia Kapos from Politico with a response.

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February 14, 2023The Center Source

Illinois' evidence-based K-12 schools funding model aims to send more state resources to areas determined to be "under-resourced." At the Illinois House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability said the program deserves more funding due to its success.  "What's great about having the evidence-based funding formula is we can evaluate it with data to see if it is working, and it is," Martire said. "In fact, a strong argument could be made that an even greater investment should be going in."

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February 2, 2023Chicago Sun-Times

All four of Chicago's pension systems are significantly underfunded. There’s no meeting of minds around resolving the issue. But Chicagoans deserve to hear more about solutions as the municipal election approaches.  Ralph Martire writes about how Chicago’s pension funds are severely underfunded and the impact on the city’s budget in his column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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October 30, 2022Daily Herald

Ralph Martire and other policy experts agree that the state's current unemployment rate has been lower only in the two years before the pandemic, and the lowest it's ever been is 3.6% in November and December 2019, according to federal labor figures. Even then, more than half the other states

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October 27, 2022Daily Herald

In Ralph Martire’s recent column in the Daily Herald, he “schools” Darren Bailey on the elements of funding K-12 education and why it should not be cut.

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October 19, 2022ABC 7 Chicago

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said millions of dollars are being drained out of minority communities by a loophole in a law that is currently on the books. Ralph Martire talks with ABC7 about the Treasurer's report.

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September 10, 2022Daily Herald

For the first time since Illinois created a cap on property tax hikes more than 30 years ago, local governments can seek the maximum 5% increase this year. Some financial government experts aren't so sure that many taxing bodies will seek the maximum increase. CTBA executive director Ralph Martire told the Daily Herald he thinks you'll see most taxing authorities exercise some rational judgment here and go to the level they absolutely need to make sure they're covering their growth and costs.

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September 9, 2022The Daily Herald

 Daily Herald Guest columnist Ralph Martire summarizes some of the major elements of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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August 24, 2022The News Gazette

Guest Columnist Ralph Martire addresses racial discrimination and economic disinvestment in federal, state and local housing policies.

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August 23, 2022WLS Chicago 890 AM

Between the state, counties and local governments in Illinois, more than $14 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act is expected to be divvied up and spent over the next four years. Ralph Martire talked with John Howell, on "The John Howell Show" on WLS Chicago-890 AM, about how some towns been spending their COVID relief funds. If you missed the segment, you can listen now at the following link:  https://omny.fm/shows/the-john-howell-show/where-did-the-covid-relief-dollars-go-in-the-chica

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