A Republican for candidate for governor outlines his proposal to boost the state’s economy. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) has said he wants to make Illinois “a destination economy.” Now he’s offering some specific ideas on how to do that. His plan calls for short-term measures such as repealing the estate tax, giving companies a tax credit for creating high-wage jobs, and cutting the sales tax on gasoline.
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“There’s no shortcut to success,” Dillard said. “This is going to take the better part of my first term as governor, but once employers know they can count on a stable tax and regulatory climate, they can grow and put more people to work.” The plan also includes long-term recommendations, such as developing more public-private partnerships to complete large projects. Dillard adds that the first step is to balance the state’s budget. He favors a constitutional amendment that would take away legislators’ salaries if the budget is not balanced.