Governor's fiscal '05 budget hurts jobs
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[FEB. 19, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- State Rep.
Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, said Wednesday that the governor's
proposed budget for fiscal 2005 will hurt business expansion and job
"Rather than work with our employers to
jump-start our economy, this governor is again choosing to raise
taxes and fees on them and is now targeting our agriculture
community to fill the state's budget shortfall," said Mitchell.
"Higher fees on employers and our farmers will only contribute to
the exodus of jobs from our communities,"
Mitchell, who is the chairman of the
House Republican Rural Economic Development Task Force, held 16
hearings last summer and fall to gather input from business and
community leaders about their concerns and to make recommendations
to spur job creation.
Last week at a press conference in
Springfield, Mitchell unveiled his Hope for the Heartland program.
The comprehensive package of bills would offer incentives to
businesses to locate in areas of high unemployment, repeal costly
fees on municipalities and the trucking industry, and provide
critical funding for agriculture programs such as AgriFIRST.
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"Today the governor proposed limiting
the sales tax exemption on farm chemicals, which will hurt farmers
and local jobs. Agriculture is our state's number one industry. Yet,
this governor also wants to limit spending for the AgriFIRST
program, which is needed to expand agribusiness and boost farm
income. And, he is proposing to eliminate funding for the C-FAR
program, which promotes agriculture research," said Mitchell. "These
proposals will kill local jobs."
According to an article in the Wall
Street Journal, the national job growth rate is currently at 4.6
percent. Rep. Mitchell says Illinois' job growth rate is expected to
lag behind the national average.
Republicans have put forth many good ideas to get our economy moving
again. I am disappointed that our governor has not incorporated some
of these ideas into his budget," said Mitchell. "His plan takes us
in the wrong direction. Bottom line is: If we want to have a healthy
state budget and end this crisis, we must put people back to work."
[News release from
Rep. Bill Mitchell]