Resources & Reports
As Congress approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff" we wanted to bring some sanity in to the discussion. Below is a terrific 5-point guide to the fiscal showdown from MoveOn that cuts through the political noise, but before beginning a policy discussion, it's important to remember that we just had a general election, and elections have consequences. In the voting booth, Iowans and Americans spoke loud and clear in favor of raising revenue and creating jobs:
The election is over and it’s time to make it count. Grassroots power is not just for elections.
Congress has until December 31st to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class.
The Action is a grassroots movement that demands we face this crisis. There is too much money and power in too few hands and the system is rigged to keep it that way. It’s time to level the playing field. It’s time to make things right.
Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse coalition of 220 national, state, and local organizations united in support of a tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This starts by ending the Bush-era tax breaks for the richest 2 percent and by making critical investments that create and sustain jobs while taking a balanced approach to addressing America’s fiscal challenges.
CA/IL Endorsement Session Proxy Form:
HB 4277 - Legislative Fact Sheet
Summary: HB 4277 proposes to change the funding formula for charter schools to 95%-100% funding, which would be a detriment to neighborhood schools. Our question is, where will the money come from?
Position: CTU, IFT and IEA Oppose
Due to the current financial crisis in Chicago and the state of Illinois, changes to funding for charters are not warranted at this time.
It’s time to value public education in Illinois – to understand that all of our teachers, students and communities deserve the best, no matter where they live. Citizen Action/Illinois looks at how we can lift up public education in Illinois and shares the stories of a few educators.
Click the image below to read Public Education in Illinois: Valuing Teachers, Students and Communities (9 pages):
Right now, the Governor's office and leadership are debating the future of Medicaid and other critical safety net programs. While the budget crisis is daunting, there is one solution that takes a huge step towards fixing this problem: The cigarette tax.
Read the Fact Sheet Below
CIGARETTE TAX WILL ELIMINATE 26% OF THE BUDGET PROBLEM.
Medicaid is facing devastating cuts without additional funding!
- Medicaid current budget shortfall: $2.7 billion