Senator Manar

May 20, 2013

Dear Friends,

 

The month of May is always the busiest time at the state Capitol, and this year is no different. While we have accomplished a lot already, we still have several outstanding issues that need to be addressed.

 

Manar CYCA constant theme I hear while meeting with constituents is that reform is needed in state government. We all know that our state is currently facing tough challenges. But I believe the state can and will do a better job of tackling issues like stagnant unemployment, education funding disparity and government transparency. But it requires constant vigilance and assessment as well as a commitment to improving efficiency and responsiveness to taxpayers.

 

Throughout the spring legislative session, I have been committed to making common-sense reforms that are desperately needed in state government. Not all reforms are major overhauls, but smaller adjustments necessary to improving our state’s finances, encouraging job growth and increasing transparency.

 

I will continue pushing for greater reform but I need your input. What other kinds of reform do you think we should work on? Let me know through my website, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Sincerely,
Andy Manar
Senator Andy Manar
48th District – Illinois

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Pension Reform

 

Manar Senate FloorI was pleased to support a bipartisan pension reform proposal that recently passed out of the Senate. The only plan that brought all parties to the negotiating table, this plan is widely believed to be the most constitutional and most likely to withstand a court challenge. This plan will save the state up to $46 billion over the next 30 years.

 

Click here to read more about the pension proposal.

 

Tax Reform

 

I’m working on reducing obstacles in the way of Illinois’ growing coal industry and the thousands of jobs it could create by passing a simple reform to our tax code. This simple reform passed out of committee and will soon be before the Senate for further consideration.

 

Click here to read more about this tax reform.

 

Campaign Finance Reform

 

Political spending by shadowy third-party groups who don’t have to disclose their donors or expenditures reached record highs in 2012. Taxpayers deserve to know who is funding their elections. That’s why I introduced legislation earlier this spring to increase transparency for these third-party independent expenditure groups and plan to continue pushing for campaign finance reform.

 

Click here to read more about why campaign finance reform is needed.

 

In The District

 

To facilitate an open, ongoing dialogue with the people of the 48th District, I’ve committed to regularly visiting towns across the district to meet with constituents and answer their questions as part of a program I’m calling “Capitol on your Corner.”

 

Manar HillsboroOur most recent “Capitol on your Corner” event was held at Hillsboro Junior High School and focused solely on public education funding. I recently passed Senate Joint Resolution 32, which will initiate the first comprehensive review of public education funding distribution methods since the current formulas were implemented in 1998.

 

I also launched an online petition as a platform for concerned citizens to collectively voice their support for education funding reform in Illinois. Please visit www.SenatorAndyManar.com/FundingReform and sign the petition to add your name to a growing list of parents, teachers and concerned citizens calling for education funding reform.

 

If you are interested in helping host a “Capitol on your Corner” event in your area, please contact my office.

 

 

District Office

141 South Main • Decatur, IL 62523

217-429-8110 (Phone) • 217-429-8018 (Fax)

 

Stratton Office Building, E2 • Springfield, IL 62706

217-524-0369 (Phone) • 217-524-0374 (Fax)

 

103 West Main • Staunton, IL 62088

618-635-2583 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

517 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-0228 (Phone) • 217-524-0374 (Fax)

 

www.SenatorAndyManar.com

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