Rauner signs bill to bring 5G wireless technology, jobs and economic growth to the Land of Lincoln
Everybody. Okay. Great, again, good afternoon this. Is a great day for increased. Economic, growth and job creation in, the state of Illinois, basing. It upon the, latest technology. In communications. And wireless, Internet. Service today, we. Are signing Senate bill 14:51. Which. Will bring ultra-fast. 5g. Wireless technology. And much, greater economic growth to the state of Illinois. 5g. And smart, cities investments, are expected, to create nearly a hundred thousand. New Illinois, jobs and bring. In nearly nine billion, dollars, in new investment, across. Our state over the next seven. Years, demand. For, wireless. Communication. Services, is expected, to grow fivefold. In, the next five years this, is an extraordinary, economic. Growth opportunity, for, the people of Illinois we. Are building a future where our economy, booms job, creation, source and our, Midwest. Neighbors, watch as Illinois takes the lead in innovation, and job, growth. Small. Cell technology, will help provide, Illinoisans, faster, internet service greater, download, speeds and improved, cell quality. This, bill will, a neighbor much, more, capacity, within our wireless. Communication. Networks in our communicate, communities. Across, the, state of Illinois. It will help provide faster. Speeds. As well as improved overall call quality it, will help improve wireless. Service areas especially, in areas where large. Cell towers, are. Not the best solution these these cells the towers are going to be small and, flexible. In terms of where they can be positioned and they could be down at street level right. On. Mines and posts right inside. Communities, inside. That neighborhood so it's much more flexible, and. We are streamlining. And simplifying, the process for approving, these cell, locations, but we're still retaining, the, authority, for local communities. To zone, and approve specific, technology, coming into our, communities, committee, so it's a balance, between streamlining. Consistency. But also maintaining some level of local control and and aesthetics. Quality, etc. Twelve. Other states have taken similar action, so we're we're ahead of, 38, states around. The nation Illinois, is a leader in this and. This legislation, sends a strong signal that we, are competitive in Illinois and we're open for business and we want significant. New investment, in the technology sector, so, many of the, new technologies that, are being developed in. America and around the world today are dependent, upon improved. Wireless. Internet speeds and greater communication, efficiency. This will enable those investments, not only in communications, but in a cross-section. Wide, variety, of industries, so this is a major positive, step, I'd like to commend the bipartisan. Work and members of the General Assembly Democrats, and Republicans, came together to, get this bill negotiated, wasn't, easy a lot of trade-offs a lot of negotiations. But we got it done and I commend the members of the General Assembly and I'd like to commend leaders, in the business community as, well as our elected, officials at the local level who've all come together to, cooperate get, this important, piece of legislation. To. The finish line and we're excited to sign this bill today with, that I'd like to turn it over to some of our other, guests who are here and we'll start off with Todd by the head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Well. Here first and foremost we'll say thank you very much to the governor for signing, this piece of legislation today, it is incredibly, important but also to the, bipartisan. Group of legislators, many of which are here today, but had, really broad supports, and, the contentious, issue a little bit but at the end of the day innovation. And. The, jobs of tomorrow really won out we, think in this process, and again, I'd say that as somebody who's part of the process a lot and I think a lot of the people who are engaged in legislators, selves see. This is a real example of the fact that bipartisanship. Can, work we, know there are a lot of battles whether it be over the budgets and revenues and that sort of thing but here's a great example of. How both Democrats, and Republicans, can come together to do something that is going to spur innovation, help. Especially, small, businesses, grow in the state of Illinois and not just in this the central. Business district, of Chicago, this is a victory for Mattoon, Illinois this. Is a victory for the, manufacturer. And what Conda Illinois because. These are a lot of places in the state of Illinois that without, certainty. Of. Investment. It makes it really hard to go ahead and attract that investment there's. A huge, competition, for, investment. Across the state I'm. Sorry across the United States so dollars.
That, Could be spent in Mattoon Wakonda, pick your location there. Are dozens. And dozens communities. Across the nation that want that same investment, so the fact that the governor here and the legislators, have given us a regulatory certainty that's, balanced, that. Is really gonna facilitate investments. Across, the state of Illinois when, they may not have been made without this regulatory certainty so, we think it's very very important, we think it's going to lead to job growth and I think again small. Businesses, are going to access, to the latest technology that's. One of the complaints, I hear from a lot of communities, is you know how do we get the technology to compete for the jobs of tomorrow this, legislation, is incredibly, important, in really. Lifting them up so they can be on level playing field and compete and again I'll say one time one, more time, bipartisan. Cooperation it, can work it does work it worked here and it worked for the economy for the state of Illinois so thank, you very much I'm going to turn over to mark tenza my colleague with the Illinois manufacturers. Today. Is a win for Illinois, manufacturers. And job creators in the state technology. Supports, and drives innovation most. Of us cannot imagine life, before, the smartphone today, we have smart manufacturing facilities. That rely on new 5g, technology. Today, we have the Internet, of Things, factories. Or machines talk to other machines, machines. Notify, workers, about operating conditions, we live in a smart world cars, connect to phone medical, devices, and life-saving information. To doctors appliances. Coordinate, with homeowners this, is possible, because the modern technology, and enhanced wireless communication, the, new law signed by the governor today will allow these innovative and life-changing technologies. To, be developed in Illinois, manufacturing. Companies, again. We applaud the governor and, lawmakers from, both sides of the aisle who recognized that today's manufacturing, sector and much of our economy's technology, driven advances. Are continuing, at a dizzying pace today, and Illinois has to either keep up or risk falling further, behind new. Law will keep Illinois on the leading edge we need more job growth in a better environment for our businesses and residents thank you. Now. Turn it over to rob car with retail Merchants retail is perhaps the most dynamic of the sector's because we are 100 percent customer facing in. This day and age we are required, to meet their ever-evolving needs, and. Frankly, demands, of how they want to be served with the services and goods they want in the time they want it is vital, to do that that we have the infrastructure. To, modern infrastructure, that can propel, us not only into this century but beyond we, believe this sets the stage for that strongly and positions us well as, well to attract us was mentioned earlier the investment, people, companies. Can invest in a lot of locations and, this gives them an excellent reason to continue, it or expand, their investments, here as, we look to serve consumers and as, well as the logistics, that go into serving them we also want to add our thanks to the members of the General Assembly who supported this - the sponsors, senator. Link represent Kelly Burke in particular who shepherded this through as. Well as to the governor for signing, this into law and, taking this important step forward for the state of Illinois with, that I'd like to turn it back to Governor, rauner, thanks. Representative. Burke. Oh. She got stuck in committee okay anybody. Want to speak on her behalf. As. The lead sponsor of this bill that has, been a year, in the making I want. To commend.
The. Municipal, leagues for, their. Work on this which was not always the easiest to convince, them about the ability. And, viability. Of. 5g. In their communities. But. I want to thank them for coming to the table and working with us I want, to thank all of my colleagues but, I want to thank two carriers, that. Brought this to me to, talk about this bill and, emphasize. This is not a, bill to make the carrier's a rich, or company it's, making, Illinois in a technology. Age in which it should be I, see. A lot of young people in this room and it's to them that they're gonna be everybody's. Pulling out their cell phones everybody, is getting information, from, their cell phones everybody's. Getting information in, this technology, this. Advances. It and makes the business, friendly. Area. Of the state more. Friendly, because I believe, that you're going to see a lot of corporations. And a lot of businesses, coming to Illinois, when. They just, find, out that this is activated. Because. This may be the one point that they were looking, for that, will make them pick Illinois. Over, our surrounding. Neighborhood, neighboring, states so I'm very, happy, to have been the lead sponsor of this bill I commend. All my colleagues that, worked very diligently to. Get this done and I, look forward to this to becoming a positive. Endeavor for the state of Illinois thank, you Thank You representative, ream with my new comment senator Jill Tracy as I guess also in tonight. And I just want to say from from the house side we were just, worked wonderfully together on this representative, Burke was a wonderful Shepherd for it leader. Mike fourtner, is has been an incredible, an. Incredible ally. And as a former mayor of, West Chicago he also was able to help bring some of the municipal concerns to bear and really, ensure that all the players were there together and. Got the best compromise available, this really, shows what we can do when we work together and really we had a common mission here and we're going to bring a lot of jobs and investment, in the state of Illinois because, of our bipartisan, effort which, was wonderful and so we very much thank the governor for his support today and just. Again, that was it's been a great effort together on this bill with that. I think we'll sign the, legislation, I think we're going to need to move that. Just. Arrived. You. Know. You. Know we all realize how important, technology has, become in this, day and age and and we were glad that we could bring all parties to the table reach, an acceptable. Goal. Of allowing. These to, go. Forward, and really give us the technology, updates, that we need and so it was a great collaborative, process, and I. Think. We'll all be better off for it thank you Thanks. All right we'll sign it over. We. Have already reached out to Congress, we've already reached out to those. In the in, the White House to, remind. Them that a that, a trade, war, hurts. American. Jobs significantly. No one wins a trade war and Illinois. Stands, to lose significantly. Our. Farmers, particularly, soybeans. Hogs, other other farm products, we, are millon, oiz a major exporter. Of Agriculture. Goods and agriculture, is a foundation, of our economy so we've, expressed our concern and I. Hope and believe that the, administration. Is is listening, to those concerns but it even goes beyond farmers we have many companies, that are major exporters. Of, manufactured. Goods and equipment, like Caterpillar and John, Deere and others, and. A trade war could hurt them as well so we've, got to be thoughtful, about this and we've expressed our concerns. I. Have. To say I am deeply, troubled by the now there's been an investigation. And the, investigation. Has brought, forth some very. Disturbing. Terrible. Behavior. Apparently. And now. Republicans. As well as Democrats in. Missouri. Have called, for the.
Governor's To step down in the best interest of Missourians. And that, seems like a reasonable, request, I. Absolutely. Not. What, I've tied, everything to is reform structural, change I vetoed. The tax hike because there were no reforms, with it whatsoever I vetoed. The budget because even after the tax hike where it was still out of balance we're still running billions, of dollars of a deficit this is fiscal, irresponsibility at. Its worst and I. Have fought against this for three years this, has been going on in Illinois for. Probably. As. Long as did any of you who have been in the media we, have, been fiscally irresponsible always. Running deficits I vetoed, the tax hike I vetoed, the spending bill and now I've put two for, a balanced budget that, is truly balanced, and I've. Proposed a tax cut, but. That tax cut is conditioned, upon pension, reform if and when that gets approved by the courts and we'll step proposing. Stepping, down that income tax hike over, time over the next few years. Well. I. Would. Ask members of the General Assembly to come forward with their proposal if they, don't. Agree. With some of my proposals, I'm open-minded. Everything, can be on the table everything, can be on the table I will be flexible in every regard I've. Set just a few simple parameters a truly. Balanced budget a full-year. Budget not a partial year budget and, no new tax increases, that's. What, I've asked for it's very simple it's very reasonable, very doable. And. Today. There. Was some I heard the one that when some came out to speak with you there was some political. Hyperbole. And that's you, know it's the nature of the process but today we made we, achieved, two really good things we, got everybody to agree to name their budget tiers the members of the General Assembly who are gonna negotiate the the, next. Year's fiscal budget that's great and, we've agreed that will actually, certify. A revenue. Number so we can have something to work from that hasn't been done in years that's the law that's what we should do as the agree on a revenue number and, we got the leaders to agree to do that so that was we've good progress today. So.
I've Proposed, many, ideas, I proposed, a balanced, budget with. Reforms, and a, tax cut, to reduce, the, tax burden over time. Yeah. And there's exactly, and we're gonna roll the income tax hike down. Over, time that's my recommendation if, they don't want to do. I've. Proposed, if you if members, of the General Assembly unfortunately. You don't get a voice of that but if. Members of the General Assembly would, like to propose a different budget I'm, open-minded, I would. Love to have further. Cuts, today, and an even lower income, tax, burden. Today that would be great what, I would, the reason I put forward the proposal that I did is there, were indications from, the General Assembly that they weren't going to do. Significant. Cuts now, so I didn't put them some. Of the cuts that might, be better on the table yet but I'd be happy to do them if the General Assembly would support those that would be great we could even reduce the income tax faster. It's. Up to the general so I've laid out my budget, I hope that you've highlighted it to your listeners and readers very. Clear in our budget and it's balanced, it, actually has a 350, million dollar surplus so. That we can begin to pay down our unpaid, bill backlog, the. Budget, that got passed last summer over my veto and with. A tax hike over my veto is out, of balance and our unpaid bills are still climbing, since. That tax hike, is, complete, fiscal irresponsibility by. The General Assembly and I'm asking them let's, be disciplined, let's, agree on a revenue number and let's. Have a balanced budget for a full year not a partial year. I. Fall. Well, that's a it's a great question and I've said if any part of my budget it the, General Assembly doesn't agree with I'm, eager, to hear their proposal I've. Laid out a balanced, budget I'm, open-minded, everything, is on the table for me I just balanced. Budget no, new taxes, in a full year that's, but those are my just parameters. There's. A lot of moving parts our. Judicial. State judicial, but. Again. I've proposed a balanced budget and, I look forward to working with the members of the General Assembly in the proper process the good news we agreed who the budget that we have our budget ears tomorrow the. Speaker actually listed out his budget, here's today that was great and, we agreed we're going to have a revenue. Estimate that we could work from that hasn't been done in years and that's good progress I. Was. Right. A. Lot, and I saw her at a table over across the across. The the restaurant, and I went over to say hello and. To wish, her well and to tell her I'd look forward to getting together with. Specifically. Often. Without. Logs. It's balanced and has no new tax revenues, I'll be very inclined to sign. That's. A fair question. Well. We've got to have some baseline to toe it to work from yeah we haven't even done, that for, years we've got to start somewhere and cogsa. Is. Their official one of their chief official roles is to do a. Objective. Nonpartisan true. Estimates, like the Congressional, Budget Office their job is, to do something that's official, and not political at least hopefully. Of the. Critic, the Congressional, Budget Office is not famous for it having projected. Things a hundred percent accurately, and I will say kagra is not perfect either but we've got to start somewhere and. I think that's a reasonable pace to start. I. Support. Equal rights for everyone and I'm very proud. Well. This is passed so that won't, ever come to my desk it's not the nature of the process but I support, equality for everyone and what I'm very supportive of is the Illinois Constitution already, is very strong and very protective, of equal, rights for women and for everyone I think we've got a great Constitution, in that regard. Yeah. So. Actually, we're working on that right now we've done great, things historic. Things for K to 12 education and, Illinois historic. Improvements, and, increased. Funding historic. Improvements, in early childhood education, the next big. Push for us will be to have. Historic, wonderful, improvements, great improvements, in higher. Education, in the state of Illinois our community colleges who do a outstanding. Job we have great community colleges, we need to support them well we also need to help our State University System our. In-state. Tuition in, Illinois has, been higher than out-of-state, tuition for, years, and years this is not a problem of the last 24 36 months we, have been losing many students, to go out of state for, many years this is not just a problem of the last few two.
Years I. Am, a supporter for more resources, to. Our university, system over time. To. Do that when he balanced budgets we, can't keep running deficits to in order to be able to do that but, very importantly, to the issue that you raised our. State university, system does have excess capacity, and. Very. High costs, very, high administrative, bureaucracy very. Expensive. Structure. And, we need to help them rationalize. And and, and bring down the overhead, cost so the money can go with the students, and the teachers, in the classroom and that's we're going to try to do. Well. Finish. That event I'll do well. Yes. Well, so you, know that's a good question so we've was for, example I've, worked, hard in our first three years to get procurement, reform in the state of Illinois we, got some, procurement, reform not nearly enough but, procurement. Reform and. I signed that bill it was done on a bipartisan, basis, at the University of Illinois because, I believe, the estimate was procurement, reform will save our State University system about 50 million dollars so. Unfortunately. Our state universities suffer. From the same problems, that our state government, suffers from heavy. Heavy work, rule restrictions, heavy pension, costs heavy, layers of bureaucracy, inflexible. Work, rules, and. We need to help them get out of that overhead and that's what we're working on. Let. Me just do regular. Well. I don't, know whether that makes sense I mean I haven't really explored that issue I would probably probably wouldn't make sense what, does make sense is that we invest, in the fairgrounds, we've. Had some resistance from the General Assembly on the fair foundation, work but I'm still going to advocate, for that and, we put thirty million dollars in our proposed, budget to. To, fund. A fairground improvements, because it's so important, to supporting our farm families supporting. Our agriculture, exports. And also supporting, tourism. In the state of Illinois so I do want to invest more in the fairgrounds thanks, everybody. Thanks pressed. The. Immune annoy, Municipal League worked. With us very closely on this, there. We've, come together most. Communities, support it and. We believe this is a good step in the right direction and it, is a compromise it's not perfect but it does keep local, control, of a specific. Approval of technology, at. The local level and we think it's a very important, step in the right direction. Well. I think every community we want to treat equitably. The, the big thing is we need to create incentives to, make sure this technology, comes into all of our communities across the sizes, and around the state of Illinois without, some standardization. Without. Some streamlining of the process, we, could have Illinois be way behind other, states, in. Terms of attracting, 5g. Technology, and investment this is billions, of dollars of investment coming, to Illinois and if, other, states get ahead of us in terms of streamlining and efficiency, in the process we, could lose out on some tens. Of thousands, of jobs and expanding. Our tax base so this is a very important step it is a compromise it's not perfect but it's a very important positive step. Any. Other questions on this okay. Well thank you very much we'll take a short break and we'll talk about other issues Thanks. Rabble. Clan anybody who wants to get up.