Too often in Springfield, we've lost focus on what it takes to support a healthy economy. I can tell you that I'm encouraged by a changing attitude on the importance of job creation, and there's more to be done.
I served on the House Bipartisan Jobs Creation Task Force, where we looked closely at our job losses and how we can turn that around. It starts with infrastructure. Illinois has phenomenal railroad assets and we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of them as the freight rail industry grows. I support efforts to increase our rail capacity in Chicagoland through more state and federal investment. Every dollar we put into better rails, roads, bridges and transit is a dollar that creates jobs, supports jobs and reinvests in our future.
Some tax credits in Illinois work well to boost our economy, and the EDGE tax credits are one of them. I support reforms to ensure the process for those credits is streamlined so they can better be utilized by companies creating and retaining jobs. I also support improvements in state environmental oversight to avoid unnecessary duplications and hassles in fees and permitting that force businesses to look to other states to grow.