The Legislature is in the midst of its traditional spring break period, but the effort to turn around the fortunes of Illinois continues. We are faced with big challenges, but there are big opportunities too.
Metro East Business Summit
Last Monday, Governor Bruce Rauner came to O’Fallon for a business summit with Metro East business leaders and to talk about his “Turnaround” agenda. Finding a solution to Illinois’ long-in-the-making financial problems won’t entirely come from state budget cuts or tax increases. There are not enough cuts we could make or taxpayer dollars available to undo mismanagement years in the making.
At the summit, the Governor said Illinois must become a growth state. The Governor is correct. In order to achieve that goal we must take steps to create a welcoming environment or climate for growth. These steps includes getting our state’s fiscal house in order to provide a financially stable government and removal of rules and regulations that drive up the cost of hiring. The effort also involves stopping the endless new regulations that are passed each year. These regulations burden employers already stru...