* One of the problems that many Democrats have with workers’ compensation reform is that it too often seems like a never-ending race to the bottom.
Yes, there’s no doubt that more reforms are needed here. But check out this quote from yesterday’s House hearing…
Legislators overhauled workers compensation in 2011. Jay Shattuck with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says that made a dent, but Illinois’ system is still too expensive.
“From the business community standpoint, 2011 was a good start. We have, um, had, some savings. Which we are glad to have,” Shattuck said. “But we’re not in a static environment. Other states have been aggressively looking at workers’ compensation reforms and have passed legislation and enacted laws that have helped their businesses in their communities also to have lower workers’ comp costs.”
So, apparently, as long as other states continue to “aggressively” cut workers’ compensation benefits, Illinois will have to go along.
* Workers’ compensation for state, county and municipal workers costs Illinois taxpayers $400 million per year