Illinois needs to make a new start.
The nation continues digging out of the recession. In Illinois, the hole is deeper.
Unemployment continues to hang at nearly 10 percent, and the current business environment is not conducive to a recovery. In a survey conducted by Crain’s Chicago Business earlier this year, national CEOs ranked Illinois 46th of 50 states in the best places to do business.
The state’s financial situation is the worst in its nearly 200-year history. Our state deficit sits at roughly $13 billion, or about $1,000 for every man, woman and child in the state.
The state not only is short on cash, it also is short on executive leadership.
Gov. Pat Quinn cannot be blamed for all of the state’s woes. But he has done little to win our confidence. Since taking over 20 months ago from Rod Blagojevich – now a convicted felon awaiting retrial on 22 counts of corruption – Quinn has made misstep after misstep.
But it is the future that matters for Illinois, and a future with Quinn leading our state is frightening.
According to the Illinois Policy Institute, “Illinoisans are facing some $2.8 billion in state income tax hikes under Governor Pat Quinn’s plan ($5.7 billion if his budget director’s call for an even higher rate moves ahead) and another $5.1 billion in higher federal income taxes should today’s rates sunset at year’s end.”
Quinn’s plan is to tax and spend our way out of the hole. There must be a more reasonable way to pay for the incompetence of past leadership.
Republican Bill Brady represents change for Illinois. The state senator offers a level of credibility and leadership unmatched by the others seeking the office.
Brady has talked about stabilizing the tax climate through a significant reworking of the state’s tax code, and immediate tax credits to businesses that create jobs. His plan includes refocusing the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to give Illinois a unified, statewide voice to help the state better compete for new business.
For small business owners, the backbone of our local communities, Brady endorses a five-year moratorium on federal payroll taxes and the creation of a Main Street Small Business Advisory Board to help the owners of small and fledgling businesses get off the ground and grow.
Illinois needs a change. That change should start at the top. We endorse Brady for governor.