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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

Since Illinois started the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act in 2017, the state has made progress in addressing disparities in educational funding, directing resources to the schools most in need, particularly in lower-income and minority areas. CTBA’s Elaine Gaberik and Ralph

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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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February 20, 2024Chicago Tribune

The Democratic governor’s scheduled speech before the Illinois General Assembly follows his pledge last week to allocate $182 million in the next budget year for shelter and other services for asylum-seekers in the Chicago area. The proposed investment came just a few months after the Pritzker administration announced it was taking $160 million from the current budget to address the ongoing crisis. Ralph Martire Ralph Martire, executive director said he expects “a slightly more austere budget” this year compared to the last couple years. “The structural deficit is going to rear its ugly head again this year,” Martire said. He speculated the proposed answer will likely be relatively smaller investments in certain services, rather than tax increases. And while revenue from federal and corporate taxes may be less than in recent years, the effects of that will be somewhat mitigated by the softer-than-expected economic landing from the pandemic.

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February 20, 2024Chicago Tribune

The Democratic governor’s scheduled speech before the Illinois General Assembly follows his pledge last week to allocate $182 million in the next budget year for shelter and other services for asylum-seekers in the Chicago area. The proposed investment came just a few months after the Pritzker administration announced it was taking $160 million from the current budget to address the ongoing crisis. Ralph Martire Ralph Martire, executive director said he expects “a slightly more austere budget” this year compared to the last couple years. “The structural deficit is going to rear its ugly head again this year,” Martire said. He speculated the proposed answer will likely be relatively smaller investments in certain services, rather than tax increases. And while revenue from federal and corporate taxes may be less than in recent years, the effects of that will be somewhat mitigated by the softer-than-expected economic landing from the pandemic.

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