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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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May 2, 2013Huffington Post

It's clear that the state's budget crisis is a complicated problem with no quick fix.

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February 19, 2013

Today the Equity and Excellence Commission, appointed by U. S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to examine disparities in educational opportunities with a focus on systems of finance, will release the results of its 2-year investigation in a report: "For Each and Every Child." CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire is a federal commissioner.

January 1, 2013

LWV debate on the merits of the proposed Graduated Rate Income Tax Structure held at the North Suburban Library in Loves Park, IL with speakers Robert Evans, Ralph Martire, and IL State Senator Dave Syverson. Hosted by Sue Stephens from WNIJ, the NPR station in Dekalb, IL.