State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) recently discussed the factors he believes are hurting Illinois’ and preventing any opportunities for positive change.
“It’s a given that we are lagging behind just about every other state in job creation but leading in corruption,” Representative Batinick recently told the Will County Gazette. “That’s not a good look for any state to have.”
It is no surprise that Illinois ranks near the bottom in the country in private-sector jobs growth for 2018, according to recent Illinois Department of Employment Security data. Researchers found private-sector jobs growth in Illinois less than 1 percent over the last year, to rank the state a dismal 46th in the country.
“It’s just so much to deal with for a business thinking of coming here that many of them just steer clear,” Representative Batinick added. “The combination of bad policy, high debt and rampant corruption does not make for an attractive draw.”
With Illinois’ 4.3 percent unemployment rate ranking higher than the national average of 3.9 percent, the dysfunction is taking a toll. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the state lost at least 45,000 people to outmigration in 2018, with that figure nearly tripling since 2014.
“Plain and simple, we have to start electing better people to Springfield, and the public has to stop looking at all this corruption as being acceptable.”
See more of Rep. Batinick’s comments here.