Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and state Sen. Bill Brady (R) “both were traversing the state talking” about jobs. Brady “outlined an economic plan that would give tax credits to businesses for job creation,” while Quinn “is touting building projects under the state’s new capital improvement plan” (McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/31). Brady also proposes tax cuts, including a gas tax cut. Brady said cutting the tax could make IL more competitive. But Brady acknowledged that “his plans for cutting taxes would increase” the state deficit up to $1B, “at least in the short term” (AP, 8/31).
Quinn, on the cut proposal: “How’s he going to pay for education, health care, public safety and helping our veterans?”(Piopell, Bloomington Pantagraph, 8/31).
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Brady: “Our governor and our government fails to realize the impact government has on business in this state and the effect that its’ harder for Illinois business to survive in these challenging times than businesses in other states” (Kacich, Champagne News-Gazette, 9/1).
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GOPers gathered at the Du Quoin State Fair 8/31 “to celebrate the fair’s Republican Day,” including Brady.
Brady, on 2010: “Best Republican year in our lifetime.”
Brady, on the GOP slate of candidates: “We stood for the message of truth and hope in Illinois and we did it collectively. We ahve been able to come together and prove to the people of Illinois that the Republican Party has the right vision and values for the state of Illinois” (Barker, Carbondale Southern Illinoisan, 9/1).
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