Ralph Martire http://tspr.org en Tax & Pension Policies in Illinois http://tspr.org/post/tax-pension-policies-illinois <p>Rich Egger’s guest on Emphasis is Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. He was in Macomb to give a presentation at Western Illinois University. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:54:33 +0000 Rich Egger 30866 at http://tspr.org Tax & Pension Policies in Illinois The Roots of the Illinois Pension Crisis http://tspr.org/post/roots-illinois-pension-crisis <p>Most Illinoisans seem torn between anger about state pensioners supposedly getting rich off taxpayers, and concern about state-worker neighbors caught between incompetent lawmakers and greedy credit agencies in cahoots with big banks. The real debate should be one timid types in Springfield (or Washington) avoid: What do citizens want government to do and how will it be funded?<br> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:51:37 +0000 Bill Knight 21110 at http://tspr.org The Roots of the Illinois Pension Crisis Tax Expert: Pensions Are Not the Problem for Illinois http://tspr.org/post/tax-expert-pensions-are-not-problem-illinois <p>Conservative estimates indicate Illinois is $83 billion short of what it has promised state workers in retirement benefits.&nbsp; But Ralph Martire of the <a href="http://www.ctbaonline.org/" target="_blank">Center for Tax and Budget Accountability</a> said said there is nothing inherently wrong with the state's pension plans.</p><p>He said the problem is that for 40 years the state “borrowed like a credit card” from pensions to pay for other services.&nbsp;But instead of acknowledging that, state leaders and lawmakers have played politics with the issue.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:08:00 +0000 Rich Egger 20337 at http://tspr.org Tax Expert: Pensions Are Not the Problem for Illinois