Political parties have gotten us into this mess; the citizens of this state will have to get us out.
We as voters need to vote for the individual person running for public office, not for the political party next to their name. It’s not about red/blue, Republican or Democrat. Regardless of party, if you are failing the state then you need to go. Career politicians are ruining our state and have been for decades. The political parties continue to cater to these individuals while the ordinary citizens and taxpayers of this state get stuck paying the bill. Vince is being encouraged from neighbors on all sides of the isle; Democrats, Independents and Republicans, because they are all tired of this political machine. Vince will break this cycle by promising to not serve more than four (4)- two (2) year terms as State Representative. and his vote in Springfield will be based on the feedback and thoughts of his constituents in the 16th district rather than the views of any special interest or political party. The people of the 16th district and the people of Illinois are the only special interest that Vince will cater to when he is elected.
The economy is the major issue in Illinois right now! We are ranked near last (48th out of 50) in business climate. This climate is repelling jobs from our state and has to change. Currently our state is giving multi-million dollar tax breaks to convince large companies to stay in Illinois. This is not helping the small businesses in the state and it is not addressing why jobs are leaving Illinois. Our state has to set up a business friendly environment to start attracting jobs again so we can begin growing Illinois’ economy. Vince’s #1 priority is to make Illinois one of the top 5 places to do business in the United States and attract quality jobs that Illinoisans desperately need.
Illinois needs pension reform to stop individuals from robbing the taxpayers by collecting two and three tax-payer funded pensions, as well as stopping individuals from collecting pensions after working as little as one day. A business would never be able to afford to offer these types of benefits in the private sector, so why is this happening at tax payer expense? It’s time for Illinois politicians to stop using pension funding for their pet projects and start representing the citizens and tax payers of this state. It’s our money, it’s time for us to demand that they stop spending carelessly and stuffing their own pockets behind our backs.
Rather than just talking about pension reform, Vince will lead on this issue by purposing legislation that moves the state legislature’s pension from the backs and shoulders of taxpayers with the defined benefit programs to a defined contribution program. This will show that the legislature is willing to lead on the issue of taxpayer funded pensions.
Illinois has a reputation of corruption and fraud, and the people of Illinois need to end the cycle theft and payoffs that the political machine has maintained for the last century. Dignity needs to be restored to our great states name! Elimination of waste and corruption will help us lower our debt and force our politicians to start using tax payer’s dollars responsibly, this, in turn, will attract business and jobs back to Illinois.
While Lou Lang so far refuses to release his tax records, Vince has done so in the interest of transparency.
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