Jacksonville State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer is sponsoring a package of bills designed to improve Illinois’ economy and create jobs.
The package, introduced last week, includes items such as workers compensation reform, new enterprise zones and reduced fees for starting a business in Illinois.
Davidsmeyer says the state’s efforts on the issue have relied on failed policies of more taxes and more regulation for the past decade.
The legislation would establish primary causation for workers compensation claims, reducing costs and making Illinois’ system more competitive with neighboring states, he says.
The plan also includes making permanent a tax credit for research and development, authorizing 50 new enterprise zones and creating science, technology, engineering and math academies within the confines of local schools.
Davidsmeyer says the bills give Illinois the chance to get “back on track” as the state deals with 570,000 out-of-work people and an unemployment rate that is the second-highest in the country.