01082019CM02372SPRINGFIELD, IL - Today, State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) and State Representative Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) join legislators from around the country in unveiling a national bipartisan campaign to phase out corporate giveaways by establishing an interstate compact. This bold proposal seeks to liberate states from participating in tax-payer funded subsidy battles by having states join together and refuse to provide companies with tax breaks or other incentives, as in the case of the Amazon HQ2 bidding war.

As of January 28, the legislation is filed in New York, Hawaii, Maryland, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, West Virginia and New Hampshire.

The legislation would bring each state into a formal agreement with other states to phase out corporate giveaways through two main provisions. First, member states agree to end the practice of offering tax breaks to a facility located in another member state as an inducement for the company to move. Second, member states participate in a national board of appointees to discuss and propose enhancements to the existing agreement for future consideration by each state.

“Corporate giveaways are one of the least effective uses of taxpayer dollars for job creation because companies too frequently take tax incentives to choose locations that they would have chosen anyway,” Senator Villivalam said. “So instead of creating additional jobs, they simply deplete a community’s tax base instead, which often affects communities who can least afford it. This legislation is a good first step in phasing giveaways out and in creating a level playing field for all employers.”

“While our state budget is already starved by excess tax breaks, we want to build support over time and appeal to our colleagues who don’t wish to unilaterally disarm in the giveaway game.” said Representative Morgan. “This is a reasonable go-slow approach, and can help us refocus our state budget on priorities such as education and human services funding.”

Please see EndTaxGiveaways.org for links to the legislation in other states as well as the names of legislators who are supporting the effort.

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Ram VillivalamSPRINGFIELD – I would like to congratulate my colleague Don Harmon on becoming the Senate President of Illinois. I look forward to working with Senate President Harmon, my other Senate colleagues, members of the House, and Governor Pritzker to continue to enact a progressive agenda that lifts up working families and rights the fiscal ship of our great state.

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Senator VillivalamCHICAGO – State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) has been appointed Chair of the Special Committee on Supplier Diversity in the Illinois Senate.

Villivalam will work with members of the committee, the Pritzker administration, and stakeholders to evaluate and propose solutions to improve the diversity of the transportation and infrastructure work that is done in the state of Illinois. The committee is primarily responsible for overseeing public and private sector organizations and ensuring that they offer diverse opportunities to small businesses and job growth for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

“I look forward to expanding opportunities for women, minority, and veteran owned businesses around the state,” Villivalam said. “Supplier diversity is an issue I’ve been working on in the legislature and in my district. My work will prioritize equity while strengthening our economy, two critically important jobs of our state government.”

 

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation introduced by State Senator Ram Villivalam that will ensure subcontractors receive payments for their work in a timely manner was signed into law last Friday.

“With this legislation, we’re making the payment process as seamless and transparent as possible, while also ensuring that smaller contractors receive their payments on time.” Villivalam (D-Chicago) said. “Waiting on funds for too long can make or break small businesses.”

Senate Bill 104 would require that subcontractors be paid within ten business days after the prime contractor receives payment. The overwhelming majority of prime contractors receive electronic payments from the state, reducing the need for time when the subcontractors are waiting to be paid their share for work already performed.

Additionally, IDOT will be required to publish a searchable database on its website containing the names and owed balances of subcontractors for each pay period, ensuring transparency and accessibility in the payment process.

This legislation takes effect immediately.

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