Forum analyzes Illinois budget problem

March 20, 2010 3:43:56 PM PDT
A finance expert says a key reason for Illinois' budget crisis is that the state income tax is too low to support schools and social services.Ralph Martire, executive director of the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, addressed a public forum Saturday put on by the Responsible Budget Coalition.

Martire said 90 percent of state spending is for education, health and human services and public safety. That means the only way to balance the budget without raising revenue is devastating cuts to vital needs.