"What will you do as governor to improve Illinois’s business climate and create jobs, especially in communities of disproportionately high unemployment?"
Here is what they said:
Sen. Bill Brady: There is no area more critical today to turning Illinois around than regaining the confidence of our business community and encouraging the creation of new, career-wage jobs for our workers.
We took a good first step toward rebuilding that trust of our business community with the pension reforms, which I was the the only gubernatorial candidate to support and which will save Illinois taxpayers more than $150 billion. The next step is ensure the 2015 tax cut happens on schedule, putting money back into the pockets of our workers and our small businesses. Those two actions will allow Illinois to be more competitive for jobs and workers, both of which we are losing to other states today.
In addition, we must further reform our costly workers compensation system, maintaining assistance for workers injured on the job but also implementing causation to apportion the award based on the company’s actual involvement in the injury.
As Governor, I will lead in these areas. The result of greater business confidence and greater fiscal stability will be the creation of jobs in every area of Illinois.
Sen. Kirk Dillard: My solution for greater job creation in Illinois is threefold. First, the state MUST balance its budget. As Governor, I will not sign an unbalanced budget into law. We cannot spend more than we bring in. Despite the Democrat's 67% tax increase passed in 2010, our State is still mired in debt. A stable state government will encourage businesses to grow and locate here.
Second, I have a detailed plan called "Destination Economy" which leverages the unique advantages of our great state to provide for long term economic growth. Portions of my plan have been integrated into the Senate Republican Jobs Plan, and some parts have been enacted into law. The complete details of Destination Economy will be introduced in the very new future.
Third, I will create an "Office of the Repealer", headed up by my running mate Jil Tracy. This office will meet with business people, educators, farmers, and entrepreneurs to examine and locate fees, taxes and regulations that are outdated, or hinder business development. She will then move to have these laws removed from the books, or those onerous regulations repealed, creating a more employer-friendly business environment stimulating job growth.
Bruce Rauner: We are in a jobs crisis. Illinois has the worst unemployment rate in the Midwest. That’s unacceptable. Illinois is blessed with tremendous natural resources, world-class cities and towns, and dedicated, hard-working people. It’s the politicians in charge of Springfield who are holding us back.
Our state’s tax and regulatory environment is so anti-competitive that our state government hands out millions of dollars per year just to keep employers in Illinois. We should be out recruiting new businesses and jobs to Illinois instead of spending our time and resources struggling to hang onto the jobs we have.
We need to lower the cost of doing business in Illinois and make job creation our top priority. We must:
- Get rid of the Quinn tax hike and replace it with a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code that is fair to all taxpayers.
- Enact tort reform and limit lawsuit abuse.
- Reform the workers’ compensation system to make Illinois competitive with neighboring states.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford: Focusing on government efficiency, job creation and business growth in every phase of state government is fundamental to rejuvenating the state’s economy and restoring the livelihood of Illinois. Rebuilding our economy will rebuild our pride, which in turn will generate the economic momentum necessary to fuel growth and prosperity for future generations.
We must remove barriers to job growth and retention, and streamline how government interfaces with business leaders. I plan to build and develop the new Illinois Office of Job Creation and Retention, chaired by Lt. Governor Steve Kim. The office would be funded solely by the Lt. Governor’s office budget. Today’s businesses face enough challenges without state government being an impediment to growth and success.
As governor, I will place the highest priority on improving our state’s economic situation. Our state’s economy affects everyone. If businesses succeed, we all stand to benefit.
I will use the governor’s executive authority to appoint state agency directors and fill board and commission slots with experts who are focused on revitalizing the state’s economy and streamlining government.