* Mark Brown cites his agreement with parts of yesterday’s State of the State Address…
“Jobs and people have been leaving our state.”
There’s no sense arguing with the facts, although we might interpret them differently. Keeping and attracting jobs underlies most of Illinois’ problems.
“To bring good jobs to Illinois, we have to make Illinois a place where it is good to do business.”
True. To which I would add, it also helps to create a perception that this is a good place to do business, which hasn’t been Rauner’s approach.
I even agree with the governor that we should make a priority of doing something about fixing our workers compensation system to reduce costs to employers, although not in the manner Rauner insists.
Employers continue to cite workers comp costs as a major impediment to doing business here, despite changes to the law in 2011 that brought improvements. This requires a balancing act with the rights of workers, but if the jobs are leaving, something is out of balance.
The full address is here.
* The Question: Which part(s) of the address did you agree with? Explain, please, and no snark. Thanks.