- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
At his State of the State address on Wednesday, Gov. Quinn put forth a series of minor tax credits and investment (spending)[img_assist|nid=26350|title=IN Gov. Mitch Daniels|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=200][img_assist|nid=26351|title=IL Gov. Pat Quinn|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=225] ideas to get the state's economy moving. This is not the minor action Illinois' declining economy needs! llinois needs broad, transformative pro-growth change like Mitch Daniels has delivered in Indiana. Unfortunately, Gov. Quinn is beholden to special interests like labor union bosses and trial lawyers that prevent the realization of the type of pro-growth change Indiana has undertaken.
The highly respected Chicago-based fiscal watchdog group, the Civic Federation, released a report yesterday detailing the dire state of Illinois' financial situation. The challenges facing Illinois are nothing short of frightening and monumental. Read the report here.
It is clearer than ever, Illinois needs real leadership from the Governor and General Assembly to tackle the state's massive spending problem and its unsustainable obligations in public pensions and Medicaid. Here at AFP-IL, we will keep the pressure on our leaders and demand pension, Medicaid and spending reform.
Check out Illinois Policy Institute's report, "Wrong Way, Illinois" to see how Gov. Quinn's policies have caused the Land of Lincoln to fall behind on job growth.
From the report: "Almost a year after Illinois record income tax increase, the states unemployment woes contrast starkly with the slow but positive national economic recovery. Unemployment rates in 46 states dropped since January 2011, and some dramatically. Illinois unemployment rate, on the other hand, was 9.8 percent in December, up from 9 percent in January 2011. Simply put, Illinois placed more people on the unemployment rolls than any other state in the country."
Join us for a some State of the Union bingo or a Solyndra Sour at our AFP-IL State of the Union Watch Party:
Tuesday, January 24
415 N. Dearborn, Chicago
If you cannot join the festivities, watch a simulcast of AFP's national events here and follow us on Twitter at @afphq and use the hashtag #obamaforgets
On Monday night, over 625 people joined Fox TV commentator Juan Williams and syndicated radio host Michael Medved at an event cosponsored by AFP to discuss the need for school choice to restore competition and accountability in education.
The panelists agreed on the need to curb the power of the teachers unions in order to reward good teachers and dismiss bad ones so that all children can receive a quality education. See the article from Illinois Review for more details.
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