Ralph Martire

Ralph Martire, the Arthur Rubloff endowed professor of public policy at Roosevelt University, will speak at a series of free, virtual events on the Fair Tax amendment.

The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution would allow the state to change the income tax system from a flat to a graduated rate, where higher-income residents could be taxed at higher levels. During the November election, Illinois voters will cast their ballot directly on the issue. Martire will address the impact of the Fair Tax amendment on the state budget and on state residents.

  • Tuesday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m.: Graduated Income Tax webinar with the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce. Other featured panelists include Quentin Fulks, executive director of Vote Yes for Fairness, and Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturing Association.
  • Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m.: Virtual town hall with the League of Women Voters of Champaign County and the League of Women Voters of McLean County.
  • Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m.: Fair Tax Town Hall with Unity Temple and co-sponsors Community Renewal Society, Faith in Place-Action Fund, Poor People's Campaign of IL, the IL-League of Women Voters, Vote Yes for FairTax and UUANI.
  • Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m.: Graduated Income Tax Forum with Braver Angels. Martire will join Adam Schuster, MS, senior budget and tax research director at the Illinois Policy Institute.
  • Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.: Fair Tax Briefing with the League of Women Voters of Chicago.
  • Tuesday, October 6 at 3 p.m.: Graduated Income Tax Forum with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Other panelists include Giles Miller, co-president of Phoenix Closures, and Keith Staats, attorney and executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute.

Ralph Martire teaches in the master’s of public administration program at Roosevelt University. He is the executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA), a bipartisan 501(c)(3) think tank.

A leading expert on fiscal and tax policy, Martire has been a member of the Equity and Excellence in Education Commission for the Obama administration and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Budget and Innovation Committee.

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