Bennett addresses Woodford County voters

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

On Feb. 4, Tom Bennett held Meet And Greet “Have Coffee with Tom Bennett” sessions in Goodfield, Eureka, and El Paso to talk about issues impacting Woodford County voters.

Bennett, a candidate for the new 106th State Representative District noted that “throughout the morning several people expressed concerns around Springfield, the budget, paying our bills, and pensions.”

Bennett went on to say “these are real issues that impact our personal finances and how we plan for the future. We are expected to balance our individual family budgets, Springfield needs to also.”

Last Wednesday, Gov. Quinn gave his 2012 State of the State Address in Springfield focusing on moving Illinois forward, job creation, and improving the economy.

Bennett stated.”I appreciate his plans to grow the economy but he has provided few details on how to cut costs, to address the pension crisis and Medicaid concerns, and develop a balanced budget vital to developing an environment friendly to small business. Supporting small business is critical to growing our economy and creating good jobs. Governor Quinn missed a great opportunity to talk to the true issues of the day, issues that affect every Illinoisan.”

Bennett continued, “Before Illinois can really go forward, we have to get our house in order. Moody’s Investor Service downgraded Illinois bond rating from A1 to A2, the lowest rating of any state in the nation behind California. Our pension systems remain $83 billion underfunded. We have a backlog of bills around $8 billion and recently, the Civic Federation estimated that our unpaid bills could grow to nearly $35 billion in just 5 years if things don’t change. Finally, according to the Tax Foundation, Illinois has the 45th worst corporate tax environment and 44th worst property tax environment for businesses in the nation.”

Bennett went on to say, “I have lived in east central Illinois all my life. I have a broad background in business, agriculture, and education. My family has a small family farm and I am a father and a grandfather. I am concerned about the future for my family and for Illinois. We need to get better than this. We have to get better than this and if elected State Representative in the 106 district, I will work hard to make us better.”