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Springfield, IL... State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) has issued the following statement:

"Today the Governor made an important point about the lagging growth and population exodus the state has been experiencing for a decade. As a result of lost tax revenue and consumers, the state's long standing budget woes have worsened. Illinois has made it a habit of hampering job creation while at the same time overburdening taxpayers. The longer Illinois goes without a responsible budget in place, the harder it will be to climb out of our current downward spiral. I stand with the Governor in calling for a budget that works for both taxpayers and job creators for years to come. We need to show the people of this state that they can trust us to get the job done and legislate real results that will move the state toward the right path."
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Quiet Week in Springfield
         The focus last week in Springfield was primarily on writing and drafting bills. As of Friday, the deadline to file legislation, 3,826 House bills have been filed by members of both parties. We're back in session tomorrow when the Senate joins us in the House to hear the Governor's annual budget address. You can listen to it live here at noon. 
Springfield, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) has filed legislation to make the Research and Development tax credit permanent. The R&D tax credit expired in 2016 and has expired previously in 2004, 2009, and 2010.

“The unpredictability of the Research and Development Tax credit has negatively impacted its perception by businesses looking to expand in, or come to, Illinois” Rep. McDermed said. “The importance of this credit is evidenced by its renewal time and time again, but this is not an issue that can keep expiring and falling through the cracks. If utilized properly and made permanent it can be a real boon for the state’s economy.”

Business groups routinely acknowledge that the uncertainty of the tax credit limits its effectiveness. R&D decisions are often made with long term goals in mind. Business confidence in the political whims of the state to renew the credit undermine its strength in promoting the state as a place to do business.

“In an unstable political environment, businesses need all the stability and certainty they can get when making decisions about their future in Illinois,” McDermed said. “A permanent R&D credit would increase business confidence in the incentive and lead to greater investment in Illinois.”

House Bill 450 has been assigned to the Revenue and Finance committee. 
Rep. McDermed with fellow Rep. Parkhurst(center), Manteno Veteran's Home administrator Lestor Robertsen (Right), and staff
State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) today announced her committee assignments for the 100th General Assembly, including her new roles as the minority spokesperson on the Committee on Transportation: Roads and Bridges and the Committee on Economic Justice. Rep. McDermed was also appointed to the Committees on the Environment, Health Care Licenses, Elections and Campaign Finance, and the Special Committee on Mental Health.


“In my second General Assembly in office I am pleased to be able to step up and take on these new roles,” said Rep. McDermed. “I am excited to bring my past experience in the private sector and General Assembly to these important committees. In addition, these varied committees will allow me to help shape many aspects of state policy and law for the betterment of Illinois and the 37th district.”
State of the State
                Despite the current political climate, Governor Rauner gave an optimistic State of the State to the entire Illinois General Assembly last week.  In his third annual State of the State Address, he indicated that he is optimistic about the future of Illinois and used the opportunity to talk about Illinois’ accomplishments, as well as the work that still lies ahead.
                The Governor said he recognizes the state’s challenges, but “with great challenges comes great opportunity”. He is optimistic these challenges can be solved by working together to improve the future of Illinois. He discussed the administration’s accomplishments including ethics reform, record education funding, job creation and making government more efficient. The Governor also encouraged the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing voters to weigh-in on fair maps and term limits.