Find Those Who are Ready to Lead‏

From the Illinois Policy Institute…

The only way to fix the root problem in Illinois is to cut spending. And there are only a few core areas to focus upon to cut spending: pension reform for current employees, real workers’ compensation reform that will reduce costs to businesses, reforming Medicaid and opting out of the federal health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

All across the state, primary candidates from both major political parties are collecting signatures, endorsements and funding. As they come into your sphere of influence, ask if they are ready to lead by making the tough choices in the areas noted above. If they are unfamiliar with these issues, or do not have a clear plan to solve these fundamental policy challenges, I suggest you think long and hard about whether or not that candidate is prepared to lead, take the tough votes and face the wrath of the entrenched interests that have long dominated Springfield.

On the other hand, if they show themselves to be well-informed and ready to lead, now is a time for engagement and policy activism more than ever.

Read the full version of this article here.

John Tillman
Illinois Policy Institute

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