11 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Randy Frese, candidate for Illinois House 94th District:
The state Senator from Bloomington spoke following the Chicago Democrat's Wednesday speech in Springfield.
Brady noted that Quinn didn't mention the upcoming expiration of the state's income tax hike in Jan. 2015, which Quinn has billed as temporary.
Brady says Quinn's "failure to recommit his promise to provide that tax cut" puts questions in businesses and families' minds about whether to stay in Illinois.
Rutherford says unemployment may be down, but Illinois still has one of the highest jobless rates of any state in the nation.
He says he wanted to hear more from Quinn about a new capital construction plan that could create jobs. He also notes that Quinn avoided talk of whether to extend a temporary tax increase.
Bruce Rauner, GOP candidate for governor, says Gov. Pat Quinn's annual address to the Legislature was "a campaign speech from a governor that is failing the people of Illinois."
Rauner spoke following the Chicago Democrat's State of the State address Wednesday in Springfield.
The Winnetka businessman says Quinn has been in office for five years and is now proposing a new five-year plan for jobs. Rauner notes Illinois has one of the country's highest unemployment rates and higher income taxes than when Quinn took office.
Rauner says Illinois is in an "economic death spiral" and Quinn "is trying to cover it up and put a rosy picture on it."
Governor Quinn and I share a goal of bringing in more revenue for our state to provide essential services, quality infrastructure, and good schools. But we have serious differences in how to get there.
The Governor wants to increase taxes, spending, and borrowing. I want to maximize our tax base, not our tax rate. I believe in creating an atmosphere in Illinois in which we maximize opportunity through good-paying jobs.
Continuing down the path our state had been headed will not maximize opportunity, it will stifle the talents and will of the people of Illinois. We need to come together and enact policies to help create new jobs for hard working middle class families in our state.”