Kirk Dillard’s economic development & jobs plan, Destination Economy has three different components: The Illinois Today Program, The Illinois Tomorrow Program, and The Illinois Prepared Program.
The Illinois Today Program, defines short-term measures intended to provide immediate relief to businesses and taxpayers in the state. This will be achieved through a variety of different actions including: balancing the budget and reducing debt, repealing the Illinois Estate Tax, and providing further tax reform as well as Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Reform. The plan would also set aside procurements for small businesses as well as begin a refundable tax credit for businesses. The plan would further help grow the economy by removing the 5% Utility Tax for Manufacturing and by instituting the Illinois High Wage Tax Credit. It would also put a two year moratorium on new state healthcare mandates, establish Project Green Tape, as well as protect the Competitive Electric Marketplace and the Convention and Tourism Industry. Furthermore. Illinois Today, would provide tort reform, and would work to improve Illinois’ roads and bridges, as well as the Metra system. All this would be done through ethical government, and by replacing the DCEO with a public-private partnership.
The second component of Dillard’s Destination Economy plan is the Illinois Tomorrow Program. This part of the plan defines long range initiatives to provide relief to businesses and taxpayers. It begins by focusing on the future, through innovation and entrepreneurship. This can be done by building technology districts and innovation zones, making research and development tax credits permanent. Dillard’s Illinois Tomorrow Program would retain Illinois as a leader in new technology, as well as begin fostering Green Manufacturing. The plan would ultimately grow Illinois by bringing high-wage jobs back to the state.
Finally, the Illinois Prepared Program defines the creation of the 21st century workforce. This will be achieved through Kirk Dillard’s “Best in Class” education plan for the 21st century, by providing a seamless education system which prepares our kids with the skills for the workplace, keeping higher education affordable, and by helping young adults through this economic downturn.