The Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment Should Not Lock the Lowest and Highest Marginal Income Tax Rates Together

A centerpiece of Governor JB Pritzker’s campaign was his support for amending Illinois’ State Constitution to allow a Fair Tax.Read More

Let’s Reduce The Pressure On Property Taxes To Build Revenue

In Illinois, there has been a constant conversation around property taxes – it is important to know that there is a direct relationship between our income taxes and what we pay in property taxes.Read More

What The Stopgap Spending Plan Means For Illinois Going Forward

By Dan Lesser — On June 30th, the General Assembly passed, and Governor Rauner signed into law, a stopgap spending measure that will provide funding to government operations, human services and higher education through the first six months of FY17, and to K-12 education for the entire fiscal year. Although many details remain unclear, we…Read More

The Long-Term Harm Of The Budget Crisis

By Dan Lesser — In the last 13 months, we’ve seen an acute crisis unfold in Illinois as Governor Rauner and lawmakers failed to fulfill their most basic duty and enact a fully funded, year-long budget with enough revenue to support vital public investments that make Illinois strong. The “stopgap” spending plan, passed and signed…Read More

Budget Crisis To Claim Another Victim – This Time, In Rockford

By: Elizabeth Austin — We got some tough news this week from RBC member Rosecrance Health Network in Rockford. Due to the State of Illinois’ failure to provide funding, Rosecrance will be forced to close its emergency psychiatric triage center within 30 days, unless it can find new funding sources to cover its costs. That’s bad news for Rosecrance…Read More

The Time For Revenue Advocacy Is Now

By Dan Lesser — Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s announcement last week that she was asking a court in St. Clair County to lift its order requiring that state employees be paid during the budget impasse despite there being no appropriation for that purpose is a major development. Based on legal precedent, the AG’s motion is…Read More

Illinois Financial Crisis: Eight Things You Need To Know

The following is a blog post from the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children. The legislative session is over, and Illinois is about to enter its second year without a budget. Where does all of this leave the state? Voices for Illinois Children’s Fiscal Policy Center offers eight takeaways to put matters in perspective and lead the…Read More

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