Updates and Events

The Impact of Underfunding the Evidence-Based Funding Formula report analyzes the steps the EBF takes when the Minimum Target Level is not satisfied and how limited or no new Tier funding would impact districts by Tier, income level, race, and geography. The report also analyzes how state funding would be allocated if the state is unable to hold funding level with the prior fiscal year, resulting in a reduction in funding for the EBF.

A property tax freeze could pose substantial costs to students across the state by limiting the amount of funding districts could receive compared to the current law in which there is no property tax freeze. To learn more, download CTBA's report, Potential Impact of a Property Tax Freeze on School Funding.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights why it is so crucial to ensure the public sector has the fiscal capacity to deal with societal problems. While the pandemic is an extreme case that impacts virtually everyone, once we get past this challenge, it is essential we recognize that even in normal times, for communities to thrive on a day-to-day basis the public needs access to schools; disadvantaged populations need a variety of easily-accessible, well designed and adequately staffed support services; low-income and increasingly middle-income families need access to affordable healthcare and housing--the list goes on from there. So as we come together as a state and as a nation to overcome the challenges created  by the COVID-19 pandemic, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that our tax dollars are what provide the public sector the capacity to ensure everyone has access to those core services that make for a quality existence.

The Center of Tax and Budget Accountability ("CTBA") is seeking a Research Intern to join our team.  The mission of CTBA is to identify and develop rigorous, non-partisan, data-driven analyses and public policy recommendations that will improve the fiscal health of Illinois. CTBA’s principal goal is to ensure major policy systems work to promote social and economic justice.

To learn more, download a copy of the INTERN JOB DESCRIPTION

CTBA's 2018 Annual Reports is now available online. To view all of CTBA's Annual Reports, go to:  https://www.ctbaonline.org/about/ctba-annual-reports

SPRINGFIELD - Today, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) released a report, Fully Funding the Evidence-Based Formula: Four Scenarios, which shows that, even if Illinois annually increases school funding up to the full $350 million minimum established under the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, or EBF, it would take over 30 years to fund all schools to the levels which the evidence indicates is needed, on a fully inflation-adjusted basis.

State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) hosted an education funding seminar with guest presenter Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, on Jan. 23.

Ralph Martire Appointed to "Budget and Innovation" Transition Committee

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability is pleased to announce that Ralph Martire has been appointed by Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton to serve on the Budget and Innovation Committee of their gubernatorial transition.

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