On Monday July 11, 2011 State Senator Kyle McCarter, a business owner and Republican lawmaker from Lebanon, announced plans to seek election in the newly drawn 54th Senate District, which includes all or parts of eight counties stretching from Effingham in the east to O’Fallon in the west.
Since first taking office in February of 2009, Sen. McCarter has made job creation, improving the state’s business climate and responsible government his top priorities in Springfield.
McCarter brought the issue of reforming the state’s workers’ compensation system to the forefront this year when many Capitol observers said it couldn’t be accomplished.
“The current system, with its high costs and virtually no protections against fraud, puts Illinois at a competitive disadvantage with other states when it comes to attracting and retaining jobs,” said McCarter. “While some amount of change to the system was made this year, it’s a task that is unfinished. If we’re going to put our families back to work, we need to take steps that actually make it worthwhile for the business risk takers to invest their money in buildings, equipment and employees.”
Visiting communities in the new district on Monday, Sen. McCarter told voters, “There is unfinished business in Springfield and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to demand a responsible government that lives within its means.”
McCarter also led an effort to craft and present a detailed budget plan to help get Illinois out of a debt crisis that threatens to leave an unmanageable tax burden on future generations. The Reality Check Budget plan of spending cuts, debt reduction and lower taxes was the only plan presented this spring that showed how fiscal health could be restored. Details of that plan are still available for review at www.IllinoisRealityCheck.org.