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June 1, 2017CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Fiscal policy groups in Illinois agree the state’s nearly two-year budget quagmire has damaged everything from schools to social service agencies to the state’s bond rating, but take very different views on how to fix the problem.

Ralph Martire, executive director of the

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May 31, 2017Chicago Magazine

Illinois is far from the first state to find that its budget doesn’t quite balance - that it’s paying out more money in services than it’s taking in, or that pension or education payments are ballooning.

Two states in particular—Kansas and Minnesota—have taken definitive steps to address their budget shortfalls. One state cut taxes, the other raised them. Their approaches fall on opposite sides of the ideological spectrum, and the result of their efforts is also drastically different.

As the Illinois budget stalemate drags on, what can we learn from the examples of Kansas and Minnesota?

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May 28, 2017The News Gazette


Given both the size and cause of the state's fiscal shortcomings, at this point in time the greatest good policymakers can deliver for the public is to raise taxes.

Here's why.

First, there's the sheer magnitude of the problem. At the end of FY2015 — the

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May 27, 2017State Journal-Register

Editor’s note: As part of the Sounding the Alarm series, the State Journal-Register’s editorial board invited five statewide organizations to write a guest view answering the following question: Given the state’s financial situation, what agenda would you set for the governor and General Assembly? This is the third of those five op-eds.

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May 23, 2017Peoria Journal Star

By Dave Koehler

My sincere thanks to the Peoria Journal Star for the editorial series on the problems facing the state of Illinois. I appreciated the historical look at how we got here and how the lack of a budget has resulted in the crisis now before us. I find myself in agreement with what has been stated, as I will further explain:

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The Chicago Housing Authority’s controversial proposal to limit the amount of time voucher holders can receive housing subsidies is expected to be rolled out later this year.

According to the CHA’s review of families who took part in the Family Self Sufficiency Program in 2013, 67 percent

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April 14, 2017Chicago Tribune

State Rep. Scott Drury, left, and Ralph Martire, right, of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability spoke during a forum in Lake Forest on April 10. (Mark Lawton

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March 23, 2017Chicago Access Network TV

Ken Davis is joined by Bobby Otter, Budget Director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. They discuss the deeply troubling state of finances at

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January 9, 2017State Journal-Register

CHICAGO - A case scheduled to go before the Illinois Supreme Court this week is challenging the law that allows the state's not-for-profit hospitals to skip paying property taxes.

Applications for hospital property tax exemptions have been in limbo for about a year while the courts

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November 19, 2016State Journal Register

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner called for a meeting with the four legislative leaders to negotiate a General Fund budget for Illinois. Normally, that wouldn't generate headlines or news coverage.

Of course, nothing's normal when it comes to state budgetary matters, given that 18 months have transpired — including one full fiscal year — without a comprehensive General Fund budget having been passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor.

Certainly, the governor and General Assembly should come together and enact a comprehensive General Fund budget. After all, doing so is the very essence of their responsibility to the public, given that more than 90 percent of General Fund spending on current services covers the four core areas of education, health care, human services and public safety. Oh, it also happens to be their constitutional obligation, so there's that. Moreover, based on what happened last year (fiscal year 2016), failing to enact a General Fund budget generates numerous consequences, none good.

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