46th House District candidate Kinzler says states around Illinois with right-to-work laws are 'flourishing'
Dr. Jay Kinzler, who is running for the 46th House District against incumbent state Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park), thinks right-to-work laws could benefit Illinois.
The Illinois legislature recently attempted to override the veto of Senate Bill 1905, which failed. The bill would punish local government officials if they put into place right-to-work laws.
“All the states around us have right-to-work laws, except Missouri, and those states are flourishing,” Kinzler told the DuPage Policy Journal.
“My guess is the people in those states are probably making more income and being more productive because of that.”
The state Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the bill Oct. 24. The House moved to override the veto Nov. 7, but it failed.
Right-to-work laws remove mandates requiring workers to pay union fees. SB 1905 would have made putting the local right-to-work ordinances into effect a crime for which elected officials voting in such measures could be punished.
The most severe punishment that SB 1905 permits is a fine up to $2,500 or a year in jail.
Kinzler said it was just another sign that the Democrats were out of control.
“They are intimidating the local officials to do what the statewide officials do," Kinzler said. "The statewide officials have no oversight. That is part of the problem with Illinois, why we are in such disarray economically and socially is we have a one party systems that lords over state government."
“[Democrats] are so dominant that they can now implement their views and their radical ideas on people below them in the areas of local government. It is almost like tyranny,” Kinzler added.
Kinzler also questioned how the legislation punished local officials who usually were volunteers for their community.
“Why would anyone want to run for these volunteer positions when they face criminal charges with fines and jail times?" Kinzler said. “You are going to have people who are uninterested in taking these positions because of the consequences of following through on their convictions.”
House District 46 includes all or part of Glendale Heights, Carol Stream and Villa Park.