Warner Todd Huston writes today about Democrat State Sen. Mike Frerichs (photo right) who is running for reelection in the 52nd District against John Bambenek. Warner writes how Frerichs claims he’s about small businesses in Illinois. Yet, things have gotten so bad during his term in office that his own family is moving their business out of Illinois and into Indiana.
The main page of Frerichs' website proudly touts the “job-creation program” he claims he had a hand in legislating. Guess his cousin didn't get the memo. The Champaign News-Gazette reported that Frerichs relative moved his trucking business from Illinois to Covington, Indiana, admitting that Illinois’ terrible business climate drove him out of the state. From the News-Gazette:
Gayle Frerichs, who lives in Tuscola but drives 60 miles one-way to his company headquarters in Covington, said he didn’t like to get thrown into the middle of a political campaign. But he confirmed many of Bambenek’s points about Illinois and its business climate.
He said he saved between $90,000 and $100,000 a year by moving his business to Indiana. Much of the saving was in reduced workers compensation costs, but he also has lower costs in taxes, license plates and health care for his 20 or so employees.
…Gayle Frerichs said he had been looking into moving his business out of Illinois for some time. “But the final straw was when Illinois raised its income taxes. That did it for me,” he said.
Bambenek notes that Frerichs voted for the tax hike that drove business out of Illinois. Full post HERE