LITCHFIELD– In Springfield, Democrats hold a supermajority in both chambers of the General Assembly, leaving many pro-growth Republican initiatives stuck in committee. Despite this, State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) and fellow House Republicans were able to achieve some important reforms to stimulate the Illinois economy and generate good paying jobs this legislative session. One of those reforms was an initiative Bourne has co-sponsored for multiple years – the Blue Collar Jobs Act which passed in the final days of the spring legislative session.
“Our state must get serious about passing reforms that will grow jobs and send the message to employers that Illinois is welcoming and open for business,” Rep. Bourne. “The Blue Collar Jobs Act will help spur new construction jobs in Illinois through the creation of a new tax credit.”
The Blue Collar Jobs Act is a measure supported by both labor and business groups. It will bring more construction projects to Illinois by offering tax incentives to companies that make significant capital improvements in Illinois. The new tax credit program works under a similar tax credit structure as the current EDGE program. These tax credits only become available after the work has been completed; there is no risk for the state if a project is not finished.
In addition to fighting for jobs, Republicans were able to help stem the tidal wave of new taxes proposed by the Democrats. Republicans were able to negotiate the removal of proposed taxes on streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), ride sharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.), cable and satellite TV, bottled water, rental cars, real estate transfers, and increased taxes on beer and alcohol.