Illinois needs to preserve jobs and needs relief for injured workers. We need a fair system, free from waste, fraud and abuse.
Rep. Jay Hoffman’s recent editorial on workman’s compensation reform stated the 2011 workers’ compensation reforms created significant savings for insurance companies but such savings hadn’t been passed on to businesses. This failure to protect jobs resulted in 161,200 lost manufacturing/construction jobs, from 2008-2014. Illinois lost more manufacturing/construction jobs than any other Midwest state.
General Mills announced July 16 closing an Illinois manufacturing plant, along with three other manufacturers within the past couple of weeks. More than 1,300 jobs lost in just two weeks’ time.
Manufacturing and construction is important in Illinois. If the 2011 reforms didn’t pass savings on to employers, why wasn’t this issue addressed before now? As chairman of the Labor and Commerce Committee, we’d expect that Rep. Hoffman would be watching this issue carefully.
Here in St. Clair County, one out of every four individuals is on food stamps. By not addressing the admittedly deficient 2011 reform Rep. Hoffman supported, thousands more families are put at risk of falling into governmental dependence.
Hoffman has been in office since 1991. Maybe he simply doesn’t see these problems, as he has job security, after enacting laws that protect his pay and salary increases, even in light of a budget impasse. The legislators will get paid for not doing their job and our teachers and state workers may not get paid for doing theirs.