As the economy continues to struggle and Illinois' unemployment remains above the national average, Gubernatorial Nominee Bill Brady and Lt. Governor Nominee Jason Plummer have announced the formation of the "Border Community Task Force." The purpose of the newly formed organization is to explore the economic disadvantages Illinois border communities face in comparison to neighboring states.
"The tour will include stops throughout the state in border towns and cities to gain information from local businesses, residents and officials about the challenges they face bringing jobs and investments into their economy," said Brady. "The information gained by Jason Plummer and the Task Force will be used to form a package of economic reforms and incentives to make our border communities more competitive and attractive to job creators."
The "Border Community Task Force" will focus largely on three concepts: stability, responsibility, and sustainability. Brady and Plummer believe Illinois must put in place long term solutions that will provide a stable, predictable economic environment. Constant threats of tax and fee increases, combined with the growing budget deficit have forced many entrepreneurs and business owners to look past Illinois to states with a more business friendly attitude. Policies that will allow for continued economic growth in private sector industries are a top priority of the Brady/Plummer administration. This will include incentives to attract new businesses as well as workers compensation reforms and changes to our tax code.
Jason Plummer will be heading up the "Border Community Task Force" as chairmen of the group. Elected officials, business leaders, Chamber and NFIB representatives will be joining residents at locations throughout the state to discuss how we can make Illinois more competitive and return our great state to being the a leading economic hub - nationally and internationally.
"I think we need to ask ourselves, why is Illinois 47th in job growth, why are we ranked 46th nationally as one of the worst places to do business? Most people are not aware of this, but in the past decade the average household income for Illinois families has decreased by 10%, yet costs for everything from fuel to food continue to rise," said Plummer.
"What are our neighbors to the North, South, East and West doing differently," asked Plummer. "We are located in the center of the country, with an array of transportation networks, and the third largest metropolis in the U.S. We have vast amounts of resources, spectacular higher education institutions and the hardest workers in America. However, the administration that has controlled state government for the last eight years has scared off investors by piling up deficits that they want to pay for on the backs of our business community. We should be embracing and rewarding successful job creators, instead of attacking them with higher costs and a punishing bureaucracy."
Brady (R-Bloomington) is a small business owner who has represented his community as state Senator since 2002. He is running for governor to bring a clean break to Illinois and build a job-growing environment.
Lt. Governor Nominee Jason Plummer is Vice President for R.P. Lumber Company, a family-owned and operated business. Plummer also serves his country as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy Reserves. More information can be found at jasonplummer.com and bradyforillinois.com.