ManarCrossing11292017SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar today congratulated Decatur’s Crossing Healthcare on receiving a $3 million donation to help pay for a new facility that opened in 2015 despite Gov. Bruce Rauner doing everything in his power to block promised state funding.

“Thank you to Howard Buffett for stepping in to help alleviate some of the unnecessary financial burden that Crossing was forced to endure. Mr. Buffett's generosity continues to change Decatur for the better, and he should be commended for all he has done,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who represents much of Decatur, including Crossing Healthcare.

“Gov. Rauner appears to have conveniently forgotten the role he played in Crossing’s misfortune. I’ll help him remember.

“He froze its funding immediately upon taking office in 2015, blocked negotiations on last year’s ‘grand bargain’ and repeatedly vetoed state budgets that would have provided the money the center was due and desperately needed – money that was sitting idly in a state bank account.”

Crossing Healthcare was among the 14 federally qualified health centers and hospitals in Senate District 48 that Manar visited in November to learn more about the challenges and needs facing health care providers in central Illinois.

The continued delay in capital construction dollars from the state for the 2015 facility and the financial difficulty it created for Crossing, which served more than 19,000 patients in 2016, were significant concerns that were discussed during the senator’s visit.

“It takes a lot of nerve to do what the governor did today – and by ‘nerve’ I don’t mean bravery,” Manar said. “Gov. Rauner seems to not understand the connection between his actions as governor, being in charge of the state of Illinois, and press conferences like the one in Decatur today.”

Speech was light on specifics, laden with platitudes

ManarSOTS01312018SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) released the following statement reacting to the governor’s fourth State of the State address to the General Assembly today:

“I heard a disappointing speech that was light on specifics and played more toward politics than problem-solving. Gov. Rauner offered no plan for job creation in parts of the state that have not benefitted from jobs recently even though the general economy is improving.

“As for his call that we all roll up our sleeves and work together, I see no evidence that he understands what ‘bipartisan’ actually means and what it takes to set that in motion. It takes more than words to achieve bipartisan cooperation. It requires trust building, one-on-one conversations and spending enormous amounts of time building relationships.

“We’re three years into this governor’s term, and he hasn’t done one of those things with lawmakers in all that time. To set those things in motion in his fourth years is going to be an enormous challenge. I wish him luck, because that’s what it will take to begin solving problems. But this speech did nothing toward that effort.”

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s erroneous veto of Senate Bill 444:

The Senate’s override vote helps to correct a poor governing decision that so far has delayed execution of the new school funding formula by nearly three months. I look forward to the House taking the same course of action so that we can put this sorry situation is behind us and allow the Illinois State Board of Education to move forward with its work. Schools and communities all over the state are anxious for this to be ironed out once and for all.

Manar supported bipartisan measure slashing startup, filing fees

SmallBiz 350BUNKER HILL – Small and mid-sized businesses that are responsible for most of the payroll and job creation in rural Illinois will pay less in startup, annual filing and other fees this year because of a new law on the books.

The law rolls back the filing fee for small businesses to register in Illinois, reduces numerous filing fees for limited liability companies and levels the playing field between small businesses and corporations when it comes to these types of regulatory expenses.

Most of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses are organized as LLCs.

“Cutting fees to encourage economic growth and offer some relief to small business owners is a long-overdue move by the legislature,” said Senator Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who voted for the bipartisan measure.

“I expect this will be a tremendous help, especially in areas like Macoupin, Montgomery and Christian counties where it can be tough to get a new business off the ground. Business owners no longer will have the added worry of paying excessive fees to the state each year.”

The fee decreases are substantial:

  • The filing fee for new LLCs dropped to $150 from $500.
  • Annual filing fees for LLCs decreased to $75 from $250.
  • Reinstatement fee dropped to $200 from $500.
  • The reserved name application fee is now $25; it was $300 previously.
  • The name transfer fee dropped to $25 from $100.
  • The amendments fee is now $50; it had been $150.

The fees went into effect Dec. 20.


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