Tax and Budget

Impact on Illinois' Structural Deficit

Release: October 21, 2019

The state of Illinois faces a significant structural deficit into the future. The report highlights the nature of the structural deficit and identifies two key causes: the state’s historically flawed  tax policy and the plan devised for repayment of Illinois’ pension debt. CTBA proposes both the adoption of the Fair Tax and a reamortization of the pension debt as described in the report titled: Addressing Illinois’ Pension Debt Crisis With Reamortization. Doing so would allow the State to ensure full funding for the Evidence Based Funding Formula while also improving the status of Illinois’ public employee pension system and eliminating the State’s structural deficit by 2042.

Analysis of the FY2014 General Fund Budget

Release: October 1, 2013

The fiscal problems that have historically plagued Illinois are on full display in the FY2014 General Fund budget passedby the Illinois General Assembly. The state’s accumulated deficit remains significant, and in all likelihood will be at least $8 billion by the end of FY2014. Despite increases for some aspects of the General Fund budget, net spending on services will be $173 million less in FY2014 than in FY2013. Meanwhile, as spending on service delivery continues to decline, the annual cost of debt service continues to grow—specifically the debt owed to the state’s five public pension systems.

CTBA's Testimony and Presentation to the Pension Conference Committee

Release: July 3, 2013

CTBA's 2013 testimony and presentation to the Pension Conference Committee.

Special Report: Flawed Tax Policy is the Primary Driver of Illinois' Recurring General Fund Deficits

Release: June 3, 2013

The Taxpayer Accountability and Budget Stabilization Act of 2011 temporarily increased the personal and corporate income tax rates, providing the state with much needed revenue. This Special Report examines the impact of those tax increases on the state's General Fund budget deficits for fiscal years 2011-2013.

The Illinois State Budget and Tax Primer

Release: March 1, 2013

With over 70 tables and charts, the Illinois State Budget and Tax Primer details the technical elements of the budget process, revenue system and challenges the state faces in clear terms.  

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