If voters pay attention to nothing else in this legislative session, they should pay attention to this vote. It tells them all they need to know.
Illinois has trailed most of the nation in the creation of jobs and opportunities. Since the year 2000, the 50 states combined have created almost 12 million net new jobs. Illinois has created no net new jobs. We have the highest unemployment rate in the nation. If we don’t correct that problem, nothing else matters. On November 8, your state legislator’s record on issues impacting business and job creation should play a major role in your decision making.
Given the compelling real-world evidence, our objective should not be to expand government, as Duncan did at CPS and in the Obama administration. Such efforts have only increased costs and demonstrated almost no empirical results – despite all of the government-funded theories that hypothetically attach improved results to spending increases. Instead, our objective should be to expand access for families and increase performance incentives for schools. Look at what works in the real world.