State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) is announcing his eight legislative priorities for the 2018 Spring Legislative Session. His Eight for ‘18 agenda touches on job creation, reducing government spending, and keeping promises – priorities he believes will generate support from both sides of the aisle.
“This spring I’m going to focus on the eight priorities I’m identifying today,” said Sen. Schimpf. “I chose these priorities based on both the needs of the 58th Senate District and the feasibility of getting this legislation passed. With hard work and advocacy, it’s possible for all eight of these proposals to gain bipartisan support and become law.”
2018 Legislative Priorities
- Legislation moving forward on the Southwest Illinois Connector; a four-lane highway connecting Carbondale to the Metro East
- Tax credits for hiring graduates of the state university system in Illinois
- Initiating strategic planning studies for the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County
- Expanding the opportunity for active duty military members and their spouses to acquire teaching licenses in the State of Illinois
- Consolidation of Illinois State Government Departments; combining the offices of Comptroller and Treasurer and elimination of the position of Lieutenant Governor
- A buyout proposal for vested, inactive pension holders in order to reduce the state’s pension debt
- Restoring authorization for bond payments to the City of Sparta that Illinois failed to make in 2017; the State of Illinois promised to make these payments during construction of the World Shooting and Recreational Complex
- Support of a supplemental appropriation bill to pay remaining back wages owed to state employees pursuant to a 2016 Illinois Supreme Court decision
The 2018 Spring Legislative Session is set to convene on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with the State of the State Address scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
Sen. Schimpf will serve as the Republican spokesman for the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee as well as the Senate’s Agriculture; Commerce and Economic Development; Financial Institutions; Telecommunications and Info Technology; and Judiciary committees.
About State Senator Paul Schimpf
Sen. Schimpf was born at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County and was raised in Monroe County. He spent the majority of his career on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Sen. Schimpf retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 and returned to his hometown of Waterloo. He is "Of Counsel" position with the law firm of Stumpf & Gutknecht, P.C. in Columbia.
Sen. Schimpf took the Oath of Office during the Inauguration of the 100th General Assembly on Jan. 11, 2017 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
The 58th Senate District includes all or parts of Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington, and Union Counties and represents more than 220,000 Illinois citizens. Discover more at senatorschimpf.com and find him on Facebook.