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April 10, 2024Chalkbeat

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, told Chalkbeat that the district shouldn’t have plugged the federal money into operating costs, such as salaries, because that created a cliff – a sudden loss of money that could mean the loss of programs and

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March 21, 2024Chalkbeat

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, welcomed the move away from student-based budgeting, calling it an inequitable approach “because not every student has the same needs and doesn’t generate the same resources.”

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March 19, 2024Illinois Public Radio

CTBA’s Elaine Gaberik and Ralph Martire join host of the 21st Show, Brian Mackey, to talk about the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act and CTBA's recent report on the EBF.

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March 14, 2024Chicago Sun-Times

Ralph Martire’s column focuses on the pension mess that’s emerged in the past two decades that stems from state laws that made it easier for the city to underfund its pension systems.

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March 6, 2024Capitol News Illinois

CTBA's Ralph Martire joined state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Westchester, at a news conference Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at the Illinois Capitol to highlight the findings of a new report on state funding for public universities. 

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March 6, 2024BNN Breaking News

A groundbreaking report highlights a $1.4 billion underfunding of Illinois public universities, proposing a strategic increase in state funding. Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and commission member, pointed out the decline in state funding for operational costs from 72% in 2002 to 35% in 2021, exacerbating college inaccessibility and systemic income inequality.

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February 29, 2024Chicago Sun-Times

The governor’s 2025 budget has good ideas for raising revenue, but his fixes to help Illinois’ underfunded pensions fall short, budget analyst Ralph Martire writes.

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February 24, 2024Chicago Tribune

While Illinois residents would get a break on grocery bills under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed budget, his tweak to the state income tax exemption could end up costing them on April 15 next year. “That creates more of a challenge for low-income families than it does for affluent families

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February 21, 2024Newsbreak

Funding challenges combined with an anticipated shortfall of almost $900 million in the coming year are expected to be the focus of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget address. Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, anticipates a more restrained budget

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February 20, 2024Bloomberg News

Governor J.B. Pritzker outlined his spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. After back-to-back annual budget surpluses, Pritzker will have to find ways to close a budget gap that is only expected to widen the next few years. CTBA's Ralph Martire is quoted “There are going to be pressures coming the governor’s way,” Martire added that he doesn’t expect to see any cuts in spending, but the state will take “a slightly more austere approach.”

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