House Dist. 118 candidate: 'We’re taxing people to death'

Creating jobs, reducing workers’ compensation costs and enacting term limits on elected officials were at the forefront of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s second State of the State address on Wednesday.

“To bring good jobs to Illinois, we have to make Illinois a place where it is good to do business,” Rauner said. “We must fix our workers’ comp system, labor regulations, liability costs and property taxes that make us uncompetitive and push job creators out.”

In House District 118, Republican candidate Jason Kasiar said his experience as a small-business owner has opened his eyes to issues pertaining to workers’ compensation, pensions and unemployment in the state.

“I own an independent pharmacy here in Illinois and as I see it, obviously some workman comp reform is something that we need to work on,” Kasiar told Illinois Business Daily. “I also think that in the beginning we’ve got to have some kind of incentive for people to want to open businesses here. We’re taxing people to death and I understand that we have issues.”

During his speech, Rauner also pushed his agenda for term limits on elected officials and for redistricting reform, something Kasiar said he is behind wholeheartedly.

“I am absolutely 100 percent for term limits," Kasiar said. "In fact, in my running, I will limit myself to four terms, which would be eight years to the state representative seat."

Rauner also announced plans for sweeping changes in the public education system that he says would put more money into classrooms and hold schools accountable for their performance.

District 118 Democrat Rep. Brandon Phelps did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

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