Governor's Action Report:
As of the end of August, the Governor has acted on all key legislation for IAGP members sent to him by the Illinois General Assembly. This report is a brief overview of those measures highlighting the key provisions as they impact IAGP members.
Reflecting on the 2016 session, it is difficult to point to any meaningful changes that will stop Illinois from lagging the country in economic growth. Proposals passed by the General Assembly and sent to the Governor are for the most part added regulatory burdens on employers dictating further as to what employee benefits must be provided and how employer operations should be run.
In some instances, such as the unpaid leave issues, we were concerned that the political appearance of these bills would be extremely difficult to seek a veto by the Governor and then be able to sustain a veto. Therefore, we worked with legislative sponsors to minimize the impact on Illinois employers even though we would have preferred that no changes be made to the la
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Matt Ryan, chemist with Cotey Chemical Corp. for the past three years, runs a lab that researches water samples from all over the world. His clients are drillers and water well professionals that run into roadblocks, often when a well suddenly drops in capacity. He says that predicting what could be plugging a well starts with knowing the chemistry of the water. He determines many water characteristics including mineral content, alkalinity, hardness, pH and bacteria. He also collects samples of scale from the field, and works with company product enhancement and product development.
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End of Session Report:
Governor and Lawmakers agree to Stopgap Budget
While last year Democrat lawmakers were able to come together and send Governor Rauner their version of a budget, Democrat leaders at the end of May attempted to force through a budget that was more than $7 billion out of balance. Their budget measure, HB 2048, was approved by the House Democrats but failed in the Senate when twenty-two Senate Democrats joined all Senate Republicans in not supporting the measure. Not to be out done though, Senate Democrats in the wee hours of May 31st sent an education measure to the House that added nearly $1 billion in new spending for elementary and secondary education. A few hours later, the House rejected HB 2990 on a vote of 24-92.
At the end of June, the Governor and legislative leaders came together on a compromise stopgap spending plan. SB 2047, now PA 99-524, provides FY 17 funding for elementary and secondary education and covers spending for FY16 and the first 6 months of FY17. Like all compromises, SB2047 required give and take from all sides and falls short of what each side would have wanted. As the word ‘stopgap' implies, this is not the final solution to the State's budget woes and the ultimate fixes to our state's structural fiscal, revenue and debt problems still must be addressed later this year. The stopgap measures address most areas of state government including capital spending. Nearly $2 billion worth of construction projects are back on track thanks to the state's last-minute budget agreement. The bill includes the full IDOT capital program for road and transit, funding for park districts, water and sewer projects and school construction. The agreement is a spending plan and none of the Governor's “Turnaround Agenda” was included. Working groups will continue to meet over the summer on the Governor's agenda, such as workers' compensation reform. The General Assembly is scheduled next to meet for the Veto session in November.
Reflecting on the 2016 session, it is difficult to point to any meaningful changes that will stop Illinois from lagging the country in economic growth. Proposals passed by the General Assembly to be considered by the Governor are for the most part adding regulatory burdens on employers and dictating how they should run their business. See below those issues impacting IAGP members that have been sent to the Governor.
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