Rep. Halbrook Encouraged by Governor’s ‘State of the State’

Gov. Rauner on the Illinois House Floor.
“I am encouraged by the governor’s speech and his continued determination to change the way we do business in this state to entice companies large and small to stay and return to Illinois.”



Springfield…Wednesday, Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) joined his colleagues in both the House and Senate to hear Governor Rauner’s third State of the State address during a joint session of the General Assembly.

For those who were not able to log in and watch or listen live on-line, here are some excerpts from the governor’s speech:

“When it comes to the budget, we all can agree Illinois HAS to do something different. Our Administration has offered many proposals to achieve a truly balanced budget with changes that fundamentally fixes our broken system. We must remember that to keep budgets balanced in the future, our rate of economic growth must be higher than our rate of government spending growth. It’s just simple math.”

“We need changes to the worker’s compensation system to prevent misuse and abuse, and attract employers and good jobs. Property tax relief to reduce the immense burden felt by our families and businesses – and to give them reason to stay here. Term limits and redistricting, where voters pick their representatives and not the other way around, in order to restore the confidence of job creators and working families in our state.”

“As a small businessman in the agricultural sector of our economy, I understand what it takes to create jobs and meet a payroll,” commented Rep. Halbrook. “I am encouraged by the governor’s speech and his continued determination to change the way we do business in this state to entice companies large and small to stay and return to Illinois.”

The governor talked about our need to build a future where our economy booms and job creation soars. Where people around the country say to themselves, you know what – we want to live in Illinois – that’s where we want to build a business, that’s where we want to start a family, that’s where we can achieve the American dream.

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