One of the largest factors in Illinois losing population over the last several years is that people feel there are no new economic opportunities, and no new jobs. Here’s where we can create some:
- Senior care – we need a massive increase in the number of home health care workers for our aging population. These aren’t full doctors or RNs, but people with some basic medical training who can provide the care that many seniors need but aren’t being provided now. These new job opportunities will bring workers into the economy, who will then have money to spend at local stores and shops, thus generating new revenue for the state.
- Environmental Reform – We must invest in the expansion of green energy. This means new wind turbine construction, installation, and maintenance. This means production, distribution, installation, and maintenance of traditional solar panels in the large, open, State-controlled land (such as interstate center medians). This means the production, distribution, installation, and maintenance of new solar-panel windows.
We can offer tax incentives for larger buildings to systematically replace their normal windows with these solar panel windows, which will create jobs for every step of the process from creation to installation and maintenance of these windows. At the same time, these workers will then be spending money locally, thus enhancing revenues. With these larger buildings ordering so many of these windows, it will help bring down the price point such that the same tax incentives can then be offered to normal homeowners to get theirs replaced.
This will create thousands of new jobs for decades, provide new revenue for local businesses, and help to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the entire State.