Rep. Peter Breen Responds to House Passage of Fake Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill

This week in Springfield House Democrats pushed through poorly-written legislation that would put the State of Illinois into the workers’ compensation insurance business. In response to the party line vote of approval for HB 2622, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has issued the following statement:

“This was another ‘gotcha’ vote orchestrated by House Democrats who want to go home to their legislative districts next week and say they voted for worker’s compensation reform. HB 2622 is a fake reform measure that will look good in political mailings and newsletters, but will do nothing at all to reduce workers’ compensation costs in Illinois.”

“Despite having over 300 entities already providing workers’ compensation policies in our state, HB 2622 would put the taxpayers of Illinois on the hook for a $10 million loan for the creation of a new workers’ compensation insurance company. The bill sponsor presented no business plan and no information for how they would seek paying clients. Our state’s inability to work within a balanced budget is well documented. There is absolutely nothing that would indicate that this $10 million investment would deliver the returns promised by the sponsor.”

“We need real workers’ compensation reform in our state to curb fraud and abuse of the system. Illinois employers pay $2.23 per $100 of payroll, making us the most expensive state in the Midwest for worker’s compensation costs. If we want to stop businesses from leaving our state, we need to provide them with real relief—not fake, irresponsible, do-nothing laws that ignore the true problems with the current system.”

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