lllinois political economy, the more things change, the more they stay the same: Watch IL Chamber's Maisch w/Berkowitz, Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor any increase in the income tax rate from it’s current rate of 3.75% as a part of a deal—

Todd Maisch: As a part of an overall package of which workman’s compensation [reform] would have to be on the table and we would insist on some…

But, the deal, which was discussed by Berkowitz and the IL Chamber's Maisch last September, never was made by Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan.

As the French say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  That summarizes IL State politics, the State's economy and public policy for the last 12 months.

You can watch Public Affairs, featuring Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, by clicking here.

Public Affairs, featuring Todd Maisch,  also airs:

--Tonight at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 throughout the City of Chicago

--Tomorrow night at 8:30 pm  on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in 24 Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburbs, as indicated, below:

--Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on

--Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in  Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling. 

--Tonight and Wednesday night at 8:30  pm on ECTV-6, Cable Ch. 6 in Evanston   

--This Thursday night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 17 in Rockford and surrounding areas

--and this week in Aurora at 6:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday on ACTV-10:

--You can also watch the show featuring Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, by clicking here.

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Gov. Rauner spoke at the IL Chamber's annual lunch in the Loop last month, and based on TV show host Berkowitz's conversation with the Chamber's President, Todd Maisch, and many of its members at the lunch, the business support for the Governor remains strong and tonight's program is just as relevant tonight as it was when it was taped last September.

Entering the 4th of Governor's Rauner's eight quarter term of office, little has changed.

Illinois' economy continues to lag the national average and its business litigation climate ranks at the country's rock bottom, as reflected in last year's Chamber survey of in house corporate counsel and business executives across the country.

The IL Chamber, it's members, Republicans and Rauner remain steadfast in their view that economic growth and job growth is the way to solve Illinois' business, individual citizen's, family, government and social problems.

Rauner and his supporters also continue to believe that the State's outlook will not improve unless there are structural economic and civic reforms, especially including a property tax freeze with a local municipal option to lower the cost of municipal government, pension reform and workers' comp. reform.

But one significant change since his election is that Gov. Rauner has now made it very clear that he will agree to significant new revenue if there is bi-partisan support for some of his reforms and spending cuts, which as a package, Rauner thinks can achieve a balanced budget.

Speaker Madigan and the Democrats, Rauner asserts, have nonetheless made it clear that they will not consider reforms and tax increases or make efforts to achieve a true balanced budget until after the fall election.

Moreover, Speaker Madigan clings to his views that Rauner's reforms are antithetical to middle class values and it is hard to see the Speaker and the unions who support him agreeing to any post-election reforms unless Rauner wins a significant number of legislative seats, increasing the Republicans' leverage and share of political power in November.

Also, the Democrats' and Republicans' recent peace pact to pass an education bill and a stopgap budget bill was no balanced budget at all, and at the end of this fiscal year, the unpaid bill balance for the State of Illinois will grow to 13 to 15 billion dollars.

Looking back over the first  18 months of a Republican Governor to hold office in IL since 2003,  as the French say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor any increase in the income tax rate from it’s current rate of 3.75% as a part of a deal—

Todd Maisch: As a part of an overall package of which workman’s compensation [reform] would have to be on the table and we would insist on some pro-business, pro investment changes, especially for small business, then yes, there’s going to be that conversation, my Board will have that conversation.

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Jeff Berkowitz:… Is Bruce Rauner a true Republican? Is he a true believer in free markets and free enterprise…is that how you would describe Bruce Rauner?

Todd Maisch: Very much so…he is the business community, he is a representation of the business community, he has made investments that have led to thousands of jobs being created…so a healthy and strong economy is incredibly important to those quality of life issues…

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Jeff Berkowitz: …we are going to do this little word association game I’ve started…I say a word or two…and you just say whatever comes to your mind

Todd Maisch: Ready to go.

Berkowitz: The Illinois business climate?

Maisch: Weakness and under performance.

Berkowitz: Speaker Madigan?

Maisch: Complicated.

Berkowitz: Gov. Rauner?

Maisch: Real Champion.

Berkowitz: Senate President Cullerton?

Maisch: Accessible and a caring guy.

Berkowitz: Illinois lawsuit climate

Maisch: Very poor

Berkowitz: Tort reform

Maisch: Absolutely necessary

Berkowitz: Trial lawyers

Maisch: Have their place

Berkowitz: Are they absolutely necessary?

Maisch: Yes, we are not against lawyers. We are against a system that costs employers too much money. It’s a balance and we are out of balance now.

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Maisch: …We talk to our members each and every day and there has been no erosion of support for the Governor and his Agenda. They knew that this was going to be hard; it is hard; It will remain hard for a period of time here, but they know that this is our only chance to really turn things around here….

Taped on Sep. 28, 2015

 

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