The key to government attracting and keeping businesses in Illinois is to establish just enough taxes, restrictions and regulatory oversight to fund and protect the interests of the people – and then just leave businesses alone. In a free market, they will sink or swim on their own. If you ask any business owner whether he would rather have the government help them or be left alone, the answer is invariably “just leave us alone”. If we want new businesses to start locating in Illinois, Illinois taxes, laws and regulations must be changed to be more business friendly.
I want to repeal the 32% Democratic income tax rate increase.
I oppose a graduated income tax system.
The ever-increasing tax and fee burden on Illinois businesses and individuals is driving businesses and people out of Illinois. The total tax burden (income tax, sales tax, excise tax, property tax, estate tax) in Illinois is one of the highest in the nation. The taxes and fees in Illinois have been increasing while incomes in Illinois remain fairly flat, or, are declining. This is creating enormous hardship for businesses and individuals. Every business that closes or leaves not only causes immediate job losses, but it creates a ripple effect when the revenue that had been collected by state now has to be collected from whatever businesses and individuals that remain.
Property Tax Relief
Families are being driven from their homes due to punitive property tax rates which require homeowners to hand over 4, 5 or sometimes 6% of the market value of the homes every year for the right to remain in their homes. It is scandalous and wrong. The national average is only 1-2%. I will introduce a bill to limit the cumulative annual property tax bill for any homeowner to be capped at 2% of the market value of their home.
I would not support raising the Illinois minimum wage. I believe it is an issue that should be handled at the Federal level, so that Illinois will not be at a competitive disadvantage to neighboring states. It should be noted that Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan have a $7.25 minimum wage, which puts Illinois employers, who have to pay $8.25 at a competitive disadvantage, especially those along the borders.
Gun Rights / Conceal Carry
I am a proud member of the NRA and have my conceal carry license. I truly believe in the sanctity of the 2nd Amendment as well as the practicality of having law abiding citizens who are trained to handle firearms.
I believe conceal carry was long overdue because our old gun laws restricted the rights of well-trained citizens, particularly veterans, from possessing firearms while criminals seemed to publicly carry with impunity.
I believe conceal carry has made Illinois safer, not less safe, and provides greater ability for law abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property.