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Issue Position: Getting Illinois Working Again

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Our state is in crisis -- we need a new direction to rescue our economy and put Illinois back on track. Borrowing in Washington threatens severe inflation; borrowing in Springfield has already put our state's bond rating at risk. Our leaders in Washington and Springfield think we should tax our way out of recession -- but Illinois families, small business owners and family farmers know better. It's time for something different.

Mark Kirk is putting forward an agenda to create jobs and put our economy back on track. In the Congress, Mark worked to advance pro-growth policies that back small business owners and family farmers, unlock economic development opportunities and spur job creation.

Lower Taxes for All Americans

Congressman Kirk continues to fight proposals to increase taxes on American families and small businesses owners -- the surest way to turn a recession into a depression. He voted to permanently repeal the death tax, double the child tax credit, end the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the marriage penalty. As Senator, Mark Kirk will fight to make the current tax relief permanent and bring relief to struggling families.

Small business is the engine of our economy -- we cannot spur growth by taxing small businesses into bankruptcy. As Senator, Mark Kirk will continue fighting for lower taxes on small business owners and family farmers to spur investment and job growth. By cutting the capital gains tax and doubling the research and development tax credit, we can encourage investment and innovation -- and put our economy back on track.

Modernizing O'Hare and Upgrading Our Rails and Rivers

In Congress, Mark Kirk backed the O'Hare modernization project, Metra's STAR line and other critical infrastructure upgrades to make Chicago the most attractive city for foreign companies to base their North American headquarters -- meaning more investment and jobs for Illinois families. Congressman Kirk remains a long-time supporter of Amtrak and supports efforts to bring high-speed rail to Illinois. As Senator, Mark Kirk will lead efforts to expand and upgrade our state's extensive lock-and-dam system -- critical to the future of Illinois farmers.

Support to Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Mark Kirk is a leader in Congress fighting to expand export opportunities for small and medium sized businesses and family farmers -- especially to the most rapidly growing consumer markets. From logistic services to soybeans, Illinois is well-positioned to capitalize on our comparative advantages, boost exports and create jobs here at home. As Senator, Mark Kirk will fight to expand the Foreign Commercial Service, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Development Agency -- key agencies that help Illinois employers establish export footholds in growing markets.

Creating Jobs by Investing in Alternative Energy

Congressman Kirk is a strong supporter of ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative energy sources to expand economic opportunities for Illinois and help end our national dependence on foreign oil. As Senator, Mark Kirk will be a champion for our state's leading innovators -- especially FutureGen, Argonne and Fermilab. The better our farmers do, the better our supporting industries will do -- and that means jobs for thousands of Illinois families.


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