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June 17, 2024

The 21st Show takes a look at the new state budget. Host Brian Mackey is joined by Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and David Merriman, a professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. First, we'll give a broad overview of the key parts of the new state budget that Pritzker signed into law and how it's different from previous budgets. The budget includes nearly $750 million in tax hikes. We'll learn about what these tax increases entail and their intended effect on state revenue and services. Next, we'll discuss why Illinois' does not have a service tax and how this affects the state's fiscal health. Then, we'll look ahead at what key challenges Illinois might face in ensuring its long-term fiscal health. 

Listen to the program HERE

Source: Illinois Public Media