Business-oriented groups are largely unimpressed with the governor’s legislative agenda, as outlined in this week’s State of the State speech. Kristina Rasmussen, the executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute, said speech insufficiently addressed major concerns, especially pensions. “He gave a big shout out to S.B. 1. This is a half measure that isn’t going to fix our major pension problem. We’ve got the worst-funded pensions in the country. We need the biggest and boldest solutions,” Rasmussen said.
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However, Todd Maisch, vice president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, was happy with the governor’s mention of pensions. “We have been praising the governor for many months now for finally grabbing the reins on the pension debate and trying to drive it home. We definitely would praise him for continuing to do that. Now the question is, what’s the plan to really get it done,” Maisch said.