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Manufacturing Jobs Still Leaving Illinois

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Even after enacting a budget that ended a record two-year stalemate, Illinois' lead manufacturing advocate says the state still has yet to address the exodus of goods-producing jobs. 

Illinois Manufacturers Association President Greg Baise told a crowd at the City Club of Chicago Tuesday that the budget enacted in Springfield this summer had not helped the state's manufacturing sector that has seen barely any growth in jobs since the recession. 

"It has not gotten better," he said. "One could argue that it has gotten worse."

Illinois has, for years, lagged behind its neighboring states in getting back to the pre-recession level of manufacturing jobs. The state is down 2,800 manufacturing jobs from August of 2016 alone.

"The fact is that we're losing jobs and when you look at the statistics, our neighbors are growing manufacturing jobs," Baise said. "So that shows that it can be done."

National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons spoke alongside Baise. After advocating for federal tax reform, Timmons said the more than 200,000 federal regulations on manufacturers is a massive cost to small businesses.

"It means $35,000 per employee per year in compliance costs for small manufacturers," he said.

Timmons was a guest of President Donald Trump's in the Oval Office last Thursday. 

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