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October 15, 2013Quad-City Times

Illinois’ fiscal misery is a result of legislative choices, not economic circumstances. As long as the same leaders keep making essentially the same choices, the fiscal gap between Iowa and Illinois will keep growing much wider.

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October 11, 2013

Parents United for Responsible Education was pleased to co-sponsor a forum featuring state budget expert Ralph Martire, of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, whose information was important to share.

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October 10, 2013Rockford Register Star

League of Women Voters hosted debate at the North Suburban Library District on a proposed constitutional amendment for a fair tax allowing higher rates on higher incomes and lower rates on lower incomes.

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September 30, 2013mystateline.com Rockford

State Senator Dave Syverson and Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability spoke out with differing opinions.

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September 26, 2013WGEM Quincy

Ralph Martire with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability spoke at a League of Women Voters forum on September 26, 2013, at Quincy University's North Campus.

"Illinois' taxes are designed to work in about a turn of the century economy if the turn of the century were going into the 1900's. Since it doesn't work in a modern economy, we've never had adequate revenue to invest in infrastructure or education or healthcare or social services," said Ralph Martire.

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September 6, 2013Substance News

Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund cites CTBA's bipartisan analysis that the financial challenges facing their Pension Fund can be attributed to nearly 20 years of short-sighted decisions involving diverted taxes.

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August 16, 2013State School News Service

So far, it's only a resolution, nothing more, a resolution filed in the House and Senate, virtually identical to resolutions filed almost annually for the last quarter-century, only rarely to be debated and never passed.

Even if passed, the resolution would need a super-majority of

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June 4, 2013

Chicago, IL (June 4, 2013) - The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a detailed analysis of the state's recently enacted FY2014 General Fund budget. The report places the FY2014 budget in context of the state's long-term spending patterns, budget problems and tax policy.

May 7, 2013Mokena Patch

State legislature may consider whether to move to a graduated income tax rate, meaning those who earn more would pay more.

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The progressive tax could lower the marginal tax rate of 94 percent of the state’s taxpayers.

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