Sosnowski, other state leaders respond to Gov. Pat Quinn’s ‘State of the State’ address

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski
State Rep. Joe Sosnowski

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) missed key fiscal points in his Wednesday, Jan. 29, State of the State speech, according to State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Belvidere.

“The Governor spoke today about the tough decisions that he has made in his time to help turn Illinois around,” Sosnowski said. “The reality is Illinois has 110,000 fewer jobs than when Pat Quinn became governor. Illinois’ unemployment rate is the fourth worst of any state. Despite this, Gov. Quinn claims he has created jobs.

“Our taxes are higher than ever and our debt is worse than when he started. Unfortunately, the governor doesn’t seem to be able to make any progress when it comes to the issues that matter to families and businesses.”

Sosnowski would like to see tax incentives centered on entrepreneurship, instead of what he says is a current system that punishes employers with the threat of new taxes and unnecessary regulations.

“Illinois families need security and good jobs,” he added. “The governor spoke about the minimum wage, but there is no clear plan on how we are going to create good paying jobs for families to prosper, not just survive. The state should focus on creating more good paying jobs with benefits, not just sustainment. This is possible by creating a better economic environment so that Illinois can once again be a competitive state to do business in.”

Meanwhile, State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, was pleased that Quinn wants to lower business fees in order to strengthen opportunities for small business growth.

“I look forward to hearing what Gov. Quinn has to say about funding new infrastructure projects throughout the state in his upcoming budget address,” Stadelman said.

State Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, wants to move into the spring session with a focus on community improvement economic development.

“By addressing Illinois’ fiscal challenges and re-prioritizing spending, it is my hope that our schools, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities will be able to soon receive the funding that they need,” said Jefferson. “While we will continue to upgrade Rockford’s infrastructure, grow our tourism and recreation attractions, I hope to work closely with community leaders on how to strategically invest in job training and small businesses, so that we can put Illinois back to work.”

Quinn’s Wednesday State of the State address came exactly five years after he first took office—the day former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached and voted out of office.

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

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