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August 11, 2021WBEZ

It’s budget season in Chicago — CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire spoke with WBEZ reporter Mariah Woelfel about how residents can become involved in the budget process.

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April 12, 2021Roosevelt University

And Justice For All is the the official podcast of Roosevelt University. 

This podcast explores the close relationship between education and justice.  You can’t have one without the other.  We see the transformative power of education every day in the lives of our students, and we’re driven to make education accessible for all, despite the economic, historical and social barriers that we face.  Inclusion is at the core of Roosevelt's legacy, and higher education is the gateway to the American Dream.

Education for all.  And Justice For All.  

That's who we are.  That's who we've always been.

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March 22, 2021YouTube

The National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore hosted Ralph Martire for a virtual discussion on Illinois’ Tax Infrastructure: How Income, Sales, and Property Taxes Interact. Some pieces of the puzzle that Ralph addressed included: How do income taxes interact with sales and property taxes? Will Illinois ever have a tax structure that takes them all into account? How will there be enough money to fund human services in Illinois? You can watch the presentation via YouTube at the following link:


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March 16, 2021State Journal Register

Gov. JB Pritzker was able to come up with a balanced state budget plan for the next fiscal year despite voters turning down a proposed move from a flat to a graduated income tax in November. According to Allison Flanagan, CTBA’s director of public policy and co-author of the new analysis says “the problem is still there.” Illinois needs structural tax reform and refinancing of its pension debt to stabilize finances and avoid more cuts to education and other state services.

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March 13, 2021The Daily Herald

In order to balance next year's state budget, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking legislators to eliminate what his administration calls nine "corporate tax loopholes" to generate nearly $1 billion per year in revenue. Ralph Martire, executive director of the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget

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March 12,

The breaks down the key takeaways from CTBA’s analysis of Governor Pritzker’s FY 2022 state budget proposal.

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December 10, 2020The Gate

The Illinois Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment—known to its supporters as the “Fair Tax Amendment”—would have restructured the state’s personal income tax from a flat rate to a graduated system that would have taxed people with greater personal income at a higher rate. If it had passed,

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November 11, 2020Chicago Unheard (Blog)

Much to the dismay of Chicago progressives, the state ballot initiative to create a graduated income tax, or “fair tax,” failed on Election Day. “What’s next?” Where’s the money going to come from? Most likely, an across-the-board hike on income taxes. According to Drazzel Feliu, research

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October 29, 2020Chicago Tribune

The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget is projecting a related shortfall of some $6.5 billion in the $42 billion budget for the fiscal year that ends in June. According to CTBA, This is not a problem we can solve with relatively painless cuts — inflation-adjusted per capita state

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October 25, 2020Streetwise

In an interview with Streetwise’s Suzanne Hanney, Ralph  Martire explains the Fair Tax and what it means for Illinois.

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