Letter to the Editor by Senator Bill Brady about the state's economic crisis. Sent May 27 to newspapers across Illinois.

May 27, 2009

Dear Editor,

Neither tax and fee increases nor budget cuts alone will solve Illinois’ economic crisis. Over the last several months, we have heard Illinois politicians banter back and forth on how to solve Illinois’ budget deficit. The Governor wrongly takes the short-term approach by proposing to increase taxes by more than $2 billion on Illinois families and another $2 billion dollars on Illinois employers. Some argue that we can cut our way out of this.

The systemic solution to our economic crisis should include revenue increases through natural growth and spending reduction. The biggest failure to date is to realize that Illinois must refocus on job creation, with the higher quality of life and the additional state revenues those jobs will mean for Illinois and our families.

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