The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) said Illinois’ lack of competitive economic policies, not proposed economic reforms, is weighing on the state’s middle class.
IMA’s Mark Denzler said some state lawmakers have blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed economic reforms as something that is hurting the middle class, but Denzler said it’s the status quo that is really doing harm.
“We hear legislators all the time say they’re standing up for the middle class, but quite frankly, their policies have been destroying middle-class jobs.”
“The ‘Fight for $15’ creates $31,000 a year jobs. What we’re fighting for on average is$74,000-a-year jobs and a sector of the state’s economy that is still 12.5 percent of the state’s (gross domestic product).”
“We’ve been able to make progress in this building when both sides come together, maybe not get everything you want, but move the ball forward, and that’s what I hope occurs after this election.”