Ugaste: GOP policies make doing business easier in Illinois
Dan Ugaste is convinced lawmakers in Illinois have allowed the state to become an equal-opportunity nuisance for businesses.
“In Springfield, they don’t help make it easier for any businesses with all the Democratic-sponsored programs,” Ugaste told Kane County Reporter. “The Republican agenda of cutting spending and taxes and workers’ compensation reform and less regulation would go a long way in changing things."
With the first week of May marking National Small Business Appreciation Week, Ugaste, a Geneva Republican running to replace retiring Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) in the 65th District, felt compelled to call greater attention to the way he said Illinois lawmakers unnecessarily make things harder on what should be one of the state’s most treasured commodities.
“Democrats are actually talking about increasing taxes even more with this progressive tax idea,” Ugaste said. “The biggest reason so many people are now leaving the state is because our tax system is sinking so badly.”
Small Business Appreciation Week organizers said a primary aim of the event is to highlight the need to have legislators and policies that work for that community instead of making it more difficult for them to survive.
Ugaste said Illinois lawmakers are missing the mark.
“This progressive tax idea may pay some bills in the short run, but it won’t help long term because it will run even more people out of the state,” Ugaste said. “We will become a shell of the state we once were if we continue on this path. The only people here will be the people that really need to be here. We need to be concerned with helping the whole state.”
With that in mind, Ugaste is on record in backing the full and balanced budget idea recently advanced by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“I think we should always have a full, balanced budget,” he previously told Kane County Reporter. “That just makes sense to me as being part of good government.”
The 65th House District includes Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Pingree Grove, Hampshire and Huntley.