Tonight's Public Affairs show with Gary Rabine, CEO [Rabine Group] airs in Chicago, 25 Chicago Metro N & NW suburbs and Evanston, See detailed airing schedule, below
Gary Rabine: If I were born with a few billion dollars, I might be the same way as JB Pritzker, I might be trading businesses. Heck, it's a lot cheaper. All my businesses that I have, these little and mid-sized businesses, I am paying income tax for all profit because I am S corp. and LLCs. JB, he's trading businesses, so he's paying capital gains tax, half of what I am.
Jeff Berkowitz: JB [and many of the Dems], they want to raise your income tax with the progressive income tax. Property taxes, are they high in IL? Workers' comp. insurance, is that high in IL? Are those the kind of things that might drive you out of IL?
Gary Rabine: You mention are they high? High would be to me, higher than the average... but when you are the highest, that's ridiculous, that's crazy high, that's where we're at in IL, we're off our rockers high!
Gary Rabine [CEO, Rabine Group]: Gov. Pritzker said to me, "Gary, you built all your businesses here, your family is all here, you're never gonna go anywhere, I mean, that's exactly how he said it... and God Bless him, if he really believes that that's the case, but that can't be the case, I can't risk...
Jeff Berkowitz: ...[W]hat's your elevator pitch?
Gary Rabine[CEO, Rabine Group]: One of the most important things ... is how I differentiate myself... So first ... we give away ... the best engineering we can find in the world when it comes to pavement, stormwater and structural engineering for roofing, we... say "Here's our engineers, use them how you like to help you plan your properties"...we did that originally through boots on the ground, but today we do that using drones, satellite imagery and artificial intelligence.
The program also airs
--in a special airing tonight in Chicago proper, 10:28 pm, Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV)
-- in Evanston tonight and every night the rest of the week, 8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 6
Gary Rabine discusses with show host Jeff Berkowitz how capitalism satisfies consumer demand and creates jobs and opportunities- when innovation and competition are allowed to operate in a free market environment.
Rabine discusses with host Jeff Berkowitz how he began, after graduating from high school, a driveway paving business that was transformed, eventually, into a group of major companies that have been a source of quality jobs, growth, opportunity and wealth for his employees and himself, and improved choices for his customers, both in and out of Illinois.
Rabine and Berkowitz discuss and debate, among other issues, the pluses and minuses of Governors Rauner & Pritzker, IL pension reform-- amending the IL Constitution to allow reduction of government pension benefits and giving IL cities and villages the power to file for bankruptcy, Gov. Pritzker's proposed IL progressive income tax (on the Nov. 2020 ballot) and Democratic Party Presidential Primary candidates and President Trump.
Rabine also discusses what is necessary for IL to become more competitive in business and a better environment for its residents to work, grow and enjoy their lives and families.
The half hour program airs:
-on 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
Gary Rabine [CEO, Rabine Group]: Gov. Pritzker said to me, "Gary, you built all your businesses here, your family is all here, you're never gonna go anywhere, I mean, that's exactly how he said it... and God Bless him, if he really believes that that's the case, but that can't be the case, I can't risk the lives & jobs we are talking about, I can't risk all these jobs just because I want to be here- right?
Berkowitz: If you could persuade [those in control of] the IL State Government to change and start going in the other direction: [LEGISLATE] lower property taxes, lower income taxes, [Don't support] a progressive income tax, [ADOPT THE NEEDED REFORMS TO] lower workers compensation rates, would that be Nirvana for you?
From Public Affairs, taped on November 18, 2019 in the Chicago Loop offices of Residco
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