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"We need to create a better business environment," state Rep. David McSweeney told Illinois Watchdog after learning the company was
leaving the state. "We need to cut tax rates across the board."
NOT OUR GAME: McSweeney said
Illinois lawmakers should lower taxes for all businesses, not just
Office Depot and Office Max merged, creating two corporate
headquarters, in Boca Raton, Fla., and Naperville. One had to go.
Company executives asked Illinois and Florida for a sales pitch to
land hundreds of jobs and a sprawling headquarters campus.
Illinois offered a slate of tax incentives, which McSweeney never
"Government should not be picking winners and losers," he said.
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Florida was the better choice, a company statement said.
"The decision is the result of a thorough evaluation that took into
account a number of important factors, including the cost to operate
each headquarters location, lease obligations and sublease
considerations, tax implications, government incentives, ability to
add associates and incorporate functions in the current space, and
people-related costs," a statement from Office Depot read.
"The message is; (Illinois) needs to cut tax rates across the board,
defeat the graduated income tax, and create a better business environment across
the state," McSweeney said.
Contact Benjamin Yount at
Ben@IllinoisWatchdog.org and find him
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