State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and other lawmakers received a preview of Governor Quinn’s agenda for the spring legislative session as the governor delivered his “State of the State” address in the House Chamber On Wednesday, January 29, before a joint session of the Senate and House.
According to Brady, Illinois’ fiscal climate and putting people back to work are the most pressing issues facing the state in 2014. “While I applaud the Governor for recognizing that Illinois has a tough road ahead, I’m still left wondering what his plans are to improve things.”
Illinois currently has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation. Brady said Illinois can fight that statistic by making the state better for job creators.
“Addressing Illinois’ high unemployment has to be a priority this year,” said Brady. “A concerted effort to expand job opportunities and allow companies to compete for workers needs to be undertaken. That’s how we put people back to work and ensure they earn fair wages.”
Brady also expressed a willingness to help accomplish some of the goals Governor Quinn set out in his speech. “I would be happy to sponsor the reduction of the fee for creating limited liability companies. Additionally, as I have in the past, I will co-sponsor the earned income tax credit. Making things better in this state is about doing things that will help Illinois’ hard working families make ends meet.
“We seem to say it every year, but Illinois has a tough road ahead of it in 2014,” said Senator Brady. “I believe that we can make Illinois the kind of place that people want to live in again, not the kind of place they want to leave. However, doing that is going to mean moving past empty rhetoric toward action.”