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March 10, 2019Daily Herald

Too often, major policy initiatives get framed as "either-or" propositions. This is understandable, given how politically driven the legislative process is. Portraying a potential reform as a stark choice between doing what's right, or supporting an alternative that's wrong, is a great way to instill party discipline and gain political advantage. It also ignores the reality that in most complex policy areas, following best practices usually incorporates more of a "both-and" approach, than the politically favored "either-or." A tax systems should incorporate revenue sources that promote both: tax fairness, by responding to ability to pay; and fiscal stability, by ensuring revenues don't fall too precipitously during poor economic cycles.  This isn't a cause of "either-or," but rather "both-and."

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February 24, 2019ABC 7

 

 

Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation and Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability joined Newsviews this week.

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January 22, 2019The Beachwood Reporter

A guest post from Illinois PIRG quotes Ralph Martire on the importance of a rational economic base for revenue in support of a new PIRG report on corporate tax loopholes.

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January 15, 2019Chicago Magazine

Pritzker stumped on a progressive income tax, and Republicans don’t have the votes to block it. The stars may have finally aligned for a graduated plan in Illinois. An article on the graduated income tax cites CTBA's report, arguing that Illinois' current tax system does not generate enough

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January 14, 2019Daily Northwestern

Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office Monday as Illinois’ 43rd governor, putting a Democrat back in the governor’s mansion after four years under Republican rule.

In a speech directly following his inauguration, held at the Bank of Springfield Center, he emphasized the need for Republicans and

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January 14, 2019CBS 2 Chicago

JB Pritzker was sworn in as governor Monday afternoon, January 14, 2019, at a packed arena in Springfield, but the honeymoon might not last very long, as even Democratic allies acknowledge he faces the tough task of filling a “pretty large hole” in the state budget. 

Ralph Martire,

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January 1, 2019Illinois Business Journal

 The last four years have been dreadful for the people of Illinois. Some 45,000 people left the state between July 2017 and July 2018, the fifth straight year of population loss. In the battle between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Speaker Mike Madigan, we became collateral damage. Now that we have a new

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December 12, 2018WBEZ

A tax policy expert says he fundamentally disagrees with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that Illinois lawmakers must amend the state’s constitution to address the city’s looming pension crisis.

While it may be the only way to eliminate automatic annual 3 percent increases in what pension payouts,

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