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Friday
May062016

Manufacturers Oppose Graduated Income Tax Hike

Speaking on behalf of thousands of manufacturing companies across the state, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association expressed strong opposition to the graduated income tax proposals pushed by Democrat Rep. Christian Mitchell and Democrat Leader Lou Lang that will make Illinois’ top tax rate the 2nd highest in the United States.

“This is a $2 billion tax hike on successful job creators including many small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that pay taxes under the individual rate.  This is exactly the wrong message to send to job creators when we need to grow our economy and create jobs for hard working men and women in Illinois,” said Greg Baise, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Illinois already has the highest property tax rates in the United States and now Democrats want to make our income taxes among the highest in the nation as well.”

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Thursday
May052016

Sponsor shelves graduated income tax proposal; Rauner blamed for lack of votes

A proposal to move the state to a graduated income tax died in the Illinois House Wednesday when the sponsor opted not to call the bill for a vote. Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, said he did not have enough votes to pass the proposed constitutional amendment that needed 71, or three-fifths approval, rather than 60 votes to pass the House.

Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, who had a companion bill setting out the rates that would be charged under a graduated income tax, blamed Gov. Bruce Rauner, who opposes a graduated income tax.

“The constitutional amendment had enough votes a day or two ago,” Lang said. “It no longer does. The long arm of Bruce Rauner reached into the House Republican caucus and simply took people off of their positions. We had three to five Republicans who were prepared to vote for it, and now they’re no longer willing to do that.”

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Efficiency Made Easy: One Company’s Secret to Cutting Carbon Emissions

Working with Constellation, B.L. Downey Company implemented an Efficiency Made Easy project that allowed it to make approximately $1 million in upgrades without an upfront capital investment

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Tuesday
Apr262016

Family and Medical Leave Act Employer Guide

Since its enactment in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has served as the cornerstone of the Department of Labor’s efforts to promote work-life balance and we have worked in support of the principle that no workers should have to choose between the job they need and the family they love. With the FMLA, our country made it a priority to give workers the ability to balance the demands of work and family. It made the healthy development of babies, healthy families, and healthy workplaces a priority.

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Monday
Apr252016

Hickey & Baise represent Illinois at Hanover Messe

IMA Chairman Bill Hickey (Lampham-Hickey Steel) and association President and CEO Greg Baise recently attended the opening ceremonies of the Hanover Messe, the worlds largest trade and technology show. President Obama and  German chancellor Andrea Merkle attended the opening ceremony and addressed the delegates. The IMA is a part of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) delegation.

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