Update — The first reaction is in, a statement from Illinois Manufacturers' Association chief Greg Baise. “When will Illinois lawmakers wake up and realize that their actions have real life consequences? For years, the IMA has pointed out that the state continues bleeding manufacturing jobs and losing opportunities for new plant expansions because of the high cost of doing business in Illinois while other states are gaining tens of thousands of jobs," he says.
"The sad fact is that the General Assembly allowed the primary incentive program (Edge) to expire during the time that the state's bid was submitted. Illinois has many advantages including location, workforce, colleges and universities, infrastructure, and clean water but self-inflicted wounds are damaging our state's economy.”
And a little more reaction, this time from New Jersey site-selection consultant John Boyd:
"I sense the Toyota-Mazda site selection process may provide a new impetus for Illinois law makers to explore right to work. The national momentum towards right to work is undeniable. Neighboring Indiana made the move several years ago and this year Kentucky enacted a right to work law. High cost Illinois, criticized in recent years in the national business press about its difficult business climate, high taxes and pension crisis, would be wise to enact a Right to Work Law and help change the narrative . . . The timing could not be better. Re-shoring is happening. Projects are out there."
Let’s see if the unions weigh in.
Greg Hinz is a Crain's Chicago Business blogger and columnist on politics and government in Chicago, Illinois and the nation.