Jeff Berkowitz: In 30 seconds, what’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.
Gary Rabine: Gov. Pritzker said to me, “Gary, you built all your businesses here, your family is all here, you’re never gonna go anywhere.” God Bless him if he really believes that, but that can’t be the case. I can’t risk all those lives and jobs just because I want to be here- right?
Tonight’s Aurora and Highland Park editions of Public Affairs features Gary Rabine, ditchdigger CEO of the Rabine Group and big time advocate for Free Enterprise and how capitalism creates full employment- when innovation and competition are allowed to operate in a free and job friendly market environment.
The half hour program airs:
Rabine discusses with Public Affairs show 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 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), workers’ comp. reform, how to attract business to IL, the 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.
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 the Public Affairs Program, taped on November 18, 2019 in the Chicago Loop offices of Residco.
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