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Indiana vs. Illinois: A Portrait of Bold Leadership... or the Lack Thereof

February 03, 2012 J

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.

Earlier this week, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation making Indiana a Right to Work state. The legislation prevents unions from denying workers a job based on union membership or requiring workers to pay union dues. It does not prevent collective bargaining or legal union organizing. Economic studies have found that Right to Work states enjoy double the job growth of non-Right to Work states. In addition, census data shows that over 5 million Americans moved from non-Right to Work to Right to Work states between 2000 and 2009.

Under Quinn’s leadership, Illinois dramatically raised the income tax and has yet to address massive pension and Medicaid shortfalls that threaten to bankrupt state government. He has been forced to offer special tax deals to large employers like CME Group, Sears and Motorola just to keep them from leaving the state. A recent study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows that Illinois has lost more jobs in the last year than any other state in the nation. While 46 states have seen their unemployment rate decrease since January 2011, Illinois’ unemployment rate has increased.

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