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CTBA experts are available to provide insight, analysis, and data to the press on a wide range of public policy issues. In addition, CTBA disseminates new research and timely updates on policy developments to the media.

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April 7, 2023Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat’s Becky VeVea mentions Ralph Martire and CTBA (at the 13:30 mark) in WTTW’s Week in Review episode, talking about the relationship between Johnson and the CTU and how they’ll likely be more collaborative.

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April 7, 2023Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times quotes CTBA’s Ralph Martire extensively as saying: “This significant cutback in state funding has really created some fiscal stress, particularly for those public universities that serve more traditionally underrepresented student populations, like low-income kids, rural

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April 7, 2023WBEZ

State spending on higher education was cut nearly in half over 20 years after adjusting for inflation, setting the stage for today’s labor strife. Ralph Martire talks with WBEZ’s Lisa Phillips.

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March 28, 2023Capitol Fax

CapFax sites to CTBA’s report calling for an increase in General Fund support for higher ed as key to economic mobility, equity, and Illinois growth

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March 20, 2023State Journal Register

In a recent interview between ISBE Superintendent Tony Sanders and the State Journal Register, CTBA’s recent EBF report that shows the evidence-based funding (EBF) formula for schools is working as intended to reduce funding gaps was brought up. Superintendent Sanders was involved in all of the modeling work around EBF and agrees with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability: the results have been noted and have been transformative for school districts. It's an investment we need to continue to make as a state, Sanders said.

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March 17, 2023Chicago Sun-Times

The state’s ‘evidence-based formula,’ created in 2018 with bipartisan legislation, is sending more money to under-resourced schools, including some Downstate schools. But Illinois is behind schedule on providing the full funding the legislation calls for.

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February 26, 2023WCIA.com

Ralph Martire with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability says the Governor's new proposals for increased spending in education are strong investments. Ralph Martire joined Capitol Connection Host Cole Henke to talk about the state’s fiscal health, and the challenges it still faces. 

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February 17, 2023Capitol News Illinois

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, talks with Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki about the budget proposal that Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled during his State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 15

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February 17, 2023Capitol News Illinois

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, talks with Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki about the budget proposal that Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled during his State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 15

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February 17, 2023Capitol Fax

CapFax highlights CTBA's response to the Governor's FY 2024 budget proposal.

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