Family of Illinois State Senator Moves Business Out of Illinois!

-By Warner Todd Huston

Mike Frerichs is running to keep his seat in the 52nd District Senate seat from Champaign County. He clams he's all about small businesses in Illinois. Yet, things have gotten so bad during his term in office that his own family is moving their business out of Illinois and into Indiana.

On the main page of his Senate website, Frerichs is all proud of the "job-creation program" he had a hand in but the best "job-creation program" would be to make Illinois more business friendly and tax-hike-Mike has no desire to do that at all.

The business climate in Illinois under Frerichs and Democrat Governor Pat Quinn is so bad that even Frerichs' own family is moving its business out of the state.

Recently The Champaign News-Gazette reported that Frerichs cousin moved his trucking business from Illinois over to Covington, Indiana.

Frerichs' cousin admitted that it is all true and that Illinois' horrid business climate drove him out of the state.

Gayle Frerichs, who lives in Tuscola but drives 60 miles one-way to his company headquarters in Covington, said he didn’t like to get thrown into the middle of a political campaign. But he confirmed many of Bambenek’s points about Illinois and its business climate.

He said he saved between $90,000 and $100,000 a year by moving his business to Indiana. Much of the saving was in reduced workers compensation costs, but he also has lower costs in taxes, license plates and health care for his 20 or so employees.

...Gayle Frerichs said he had been looking into moving his business out of Illinois for some time.
“But the final straw was when Illinois raised its income taxes. That did it for me,” he said.

John Bambenek is Frerichs' Republican opponent for the 52nd. He reminds us that Frerichs isn;t just a bystander in the destruction of the Illinois business sector.

Senator Mike Frerichs, Bambenek notes, voted for the tax hike that drove business out of Illinois. Frerichs supported the 67% income tax hike passed at 2:30 a.m. at the end of a lame duck session in January of 2011. And of course we know that not a single Republican voted for the tax hike.

Bambenek also says that under Frerichs/Quinn things are getting worse in Illinois.

“Unemployment is up two percentage points because of the failed, job-killing economic policies that State Sen. Frerichs has championed for years. This is why we need new leadership to better represent the people of 52nd District to return jobs and businesses to our area. It is time for change,” stated Bambenek.

Bambenek blasted Frerichs for his failed policies (see press release below).

Bambenek: Frerichs’ Policies to Blame for Business Exodus

Unemployment Rate Increase Due to Regulatory Climate Engineered by Frerichs

CHAMPAIGN, IL (August 2, 2012) --- State Senator Michael Frerichs’ bad economic policies are driving businesses in the 52nd District to leave the district and leave Illinois. However, businesses are not leaving for China and India, but for Indiana and other states bordering Illinois. Business such as Gayle Frerichs Trucking, formerly of Urbana and owned by Frerichs’ relatives, have left the area for places such as Covington, Indiana. Gayle Frerichs Trucking took advantage of the Indiana business climate to relocate the company headquarters and with it hundreds of jobs. The district is continuing to lose businesses such as the trucking company due to state regulation that continues to scare would be Illinois companies away from choosing to start or continuing to grow business in Champaign and Vermillion Counties.

“Frerichs is a career politician who has eyes on higher office, not on the needs of the people he represents. He had failed the people of the 52nd District by making us less competitive than neighboring states,” State Senate Candidate John Bambenek commented on the move.

The news of a continued business exodus from the region follows the release June official unemployment rate in Champaign and Vermillion counties. In the report, the Illinois Department of Employment Security indicated that both counties experienced a two percent increase compared to the previous month. These numbers do not reflect seasonal adjustments, but still are symptoms of an ongoing economic malaise featuring some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

“Unemployment is up two percentage points because of the failed, job-killing economic policies that State Sen. Frerichs has championed for years. This is why we need new leadership to better represent the people of 52nd District to return jobs and businesses to our area. It is time for change,” stated Bambenek.

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