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If you want to believe "unaffordable" pension benefits promised to public sector workers like teachers and social workers caused Illinois' outsized, $83 billion unfunded pension liability, stop reading now. This column will only make your head hurt by disproving that canard with facts. If you'd rather understand both the true cause of that underfunding and how it actually strains the state's budget, then continue reading.
Chicago, IL — Both President Obama and the Republicans who control Congress want to extend the Bush tax cuts in ways that will advantage affluent taxpayers over everyone else. However, according to a new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and Citizens for Tax
At the annual conference of the State University Annuitants Association, CTBA Executive Director Ralph Martire says state government doesn’t have a spending problem, but a tax problem. He shows how Illinois’ current tax system fails to tax as much as two-thirds of Illinois’ economic activity.
CTBA issues joint release and comments on Good Jobs First findings that states lack sound, consistent policies to enforce job-creation and other performance requirements in economic development subsidy programs.
"Decoupling" Illinois corporate income tax law from the recently passed federal bonus depreciation rules.
CBS Channel 2 - Martire Interviewed on $600 million opportunity for IL budget by CBS Channel 2's Kristyn Hartman for the 10:00 p.m. newscast on the issue of "decoupling" Illinois corporate income tax law from the recently passed federal bonus depreciation rules.
CTBA released Funding Our Future, a thorough analysis of the state’s long-term spending patterns, budget problems and tax policy and offered the media a private briefing. The report also includes an analysis of the two major gubernatorial candidates’ respective budget proposals. The report has been peer reviewed by independent Ph.D. economists that are university-based, think tank-based, and working for the federal GAO.
EthicsDaily.com, challenging people of faith to advance the common good, tackles contentious topic of "Faith and Taxes" with CTBA's Ralph Martire.
Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, says the proposal would be “insufficient and probably counterproductive.”
CTBA released a study which sheds a light on state funding for human services over the last decade. The study, titled Illinois State Funding for Human Services in Context: Reduced Funding in FY2011 would continue long-term pattern of cuts, harm vulnerable populations and fall disproportionately on small to midsized businesses, hurting the state economy, finds that after adjusting for inflation and population growth, Illinois under funded human services by $4.4 billion from Fiscal Year 2002 through Fiscal 2010.
Tax Breaks for Chicago's Non-Profit Hospitals Nearly Triple the Amount Spent on Charity Care, New Study Finds
Chicago area non-profit, charitable hospitals spend only one dollar on charity care for nearly every three dollars they receive in tax breaks. This gap suggests non-profit hospitals are not fulfilling their public obligation to provide free or discounted care to low-income, uninsured families, according to a new report, An Update: An Analysis of the Tax Exemptions Granted to Cook County Non-Profit Hospitals and the Charity Care Provided in Return, released April 10, 2009 by the bi-partisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA).