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Speaker explores Illinois pension crisis

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 12:50 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – An independent expert on government funding will appear in DeKalb at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, to examine possible solutions to the funding crisis in Illinois.

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will speak in the Capitol Room at the Holmes Student Center on the corner of Normal Road and Lucinda Avenue at 7 p.m. The presentation, sponsored by the NIU Annuitants' Association, is free and open to the public.

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability has a mission to "identify, develop and introduce into the public debate rigorous, nonpartisan, data-driven analysis and progressive, equitable public policy recommendations that will improve the fiscal health of Illinois and other states."

Martire is a graduate of Indiana University Phi Beta Kappa and received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan. He has taught tax policy seminars for the International Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Labor College and the national Women in Government lecture series. He has conducted international seminars on technology, patent and trademark development and licensing and is a frequent lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law.

Martire has said Illinois is in a debt crisis due to an antiquated tax policy. In his presentation, he will explore possible solutions in the context of political proposals to alter public worker benefits and pension plans.

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