On Wednesday, February 6, Illinois legislators including State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) will get a preview of Governor Quinn’s agenda for the spring legislative session. The Governor will deliver his “State of the State” address in the House Chamber before members of the Illinois House and Senate.
Considering the “State of the State” Brady pointed to pension reform and jobs as the top issues affecting Illinois residents.
“The single greatest threat to the fiscal stability of the state of Illinois is our massively underfunded pension system,” warned Brady. “What we need to do is bring all of the players to the table and engage in honest and open negotiations. Comprehensive reform has to include not only legislators, but union representatives as well to ensure that meaningful pension reform is Constitutional and guarantees that the benefits that have been promised are paid.”
Looking back at unemployment statistics from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics over the last five years, Brady says that Illinois needs to lower unemployment by making the state better for job creators.
“Illinois has lost 293,338 jobs since January of 2008. That is 293,338 more people that have to struggle to put food on the table and provide for their families,” said Brady. “Addressing unemployment has to be one of our top priorities. When we work to create a friendlier business environment, job creators can employ more people and more money gets pumped into the state economy.”
Brady also singled out road-funding as an important issue. “Our physical infrastructure is the backbone of the state. Our entire economy depends on our roads being in good shape. Holding funding for this vital resource hostage is irresponsible. We need to ensure that these funds are properly appropriated and that necessary improvements to our roads are made.”
“The Governor of this state has a large job to do this year,” said Senator Brady. “Illinois is at a crossroads and as I look at the many difficult issues facing the state right now I think this year has to be one for action, not rhetoric.”