Gordon (Jay) Kinzler
Republican candidate for Illinois House (46th district)
Responses to our questions
Why do you think it has been so difficult for Springfield to get a balanced budget passed and signed?
Unfortunately, partisan politics has become so cancerous in Springfield that it has interfered with the process of legislating. In addition, it is important for members of each caucus to hold their leadership accountable and to challenge them to do the jobs we are sent there to do.
Do you believe the state budget can be balanced going forward without new sources of revenue?
Yes, I believe it is our responsibility to do so. Let's start by not raising taxes like was recently done by opponent. Higher taxes are driving taxpayers and the revenue they create out of our state and perpetuating the problem of a shrinking tax base. We need to reduce spending and make government more efficient. We need to eliminate corruption within the system. This will help in alleviating the tax burdens on the citizens of Illinois.
What new sources, if any, would you support? Please be specific.
We need to lower taxes and reduce regulations. This will help to alleviate undo pressure on taxpayers and job creating businesses. It will stimulate growth in commerce and produce more revenue for the state. This will stop residents from fleeing to neighboring states.
Do you support a constitutional amendment favoring a graduated income tax? Please explain.
No. This would be a disaster. This would send more of our tax base to other states. I favor a responsible approach in addressing State spending and reduce the taxes on our residents.
Please list five areas where you would cut spending.
- Pensions currently make up a huge percentage of the States budget. A fair, conscientious approach to finding creative ways to address this issue is a must. We must be more responsible and resourceful with the money Illinois collects to cover pension liability. I would favor moving to a 401 type plan.
- As a doctor myself, I would also like to find more efficient and effective ways to address Medicaid expansion to make sure it is there for those that need it. We also need to prevent Medicaid expansion from bankrupting our state. By cutting wasteful spending and appropriating funds to find measurable effective means of improving services, this can be done.
- We need to examine agencies and quasi-governmental agencies to find less expensive and more efficient ways to operate them and if appropriate eliminate them.
- Look for additional outsourcing opportunities where applicable. Stop creating new divisions of government and governmental agencies that exist indefinitely and continue to grow beyond their original charter.
- Reduction, revision or elimination of unfunded mandates placed on local governments. i.e. The Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.
Since the Illinois Supreme Court's 2015 decision tossing bipartisan pension reform, what can and should the legislature do to control pension costs, if anything?
Reform the pension system in a fair way. Go to a 401 K style plan where possible and with all new hires. Change the constitution or the Illinois Supreme Court Justices.
Should all new state workers be moved into defined contribution plans?
What should the governor do to control pension costs during union contract talks? What would you do?
Need to reduce pension costs so the tax payers have reasonable chance to afford paying for the state pension liability. Change the yearly cost of living increase from 3% to the CPI. Switch all new hires to a 401 K plan. Same as what Illinois tax payers have to do to save for retirement.
Illinois lost more residents than any other state in 2016 and the trend appears to be holding for 2017. What is the No. 1 reason, in your opinion, for the exodus?
- High Property taxes.
- High Income taxes.
- Government corruption.
What should Illinois do — via tax policy, spending or other policy means — to keep residents from leaving?
- Lower property taxes.
- Lower income taxes.
- Eliminate corruption
- Support core services
What should Illinois do to promote job creation?
- Lower property taxes.
- Lower income taxes.
- Eliminate corruption
The above will keep the productive tax paying citizens from leaving.
Did you support the education funding reform bill that the governor signed in 2017?
No, Too expensive. No measures in place to gage effectiveness. There is a potential that the additional money put in the system could be wasted.
What, if anything, should the legislature do to help Chicago Public Schools?
Eliminate corruption. Get rid of poorly performing employees in the system. Improve quality of education for our children by allowing for more private school competition.
Do you support opportunity scholarships included in the funding reform bill? Or will you try, if elected, to eliminate that program?
Yes, I support opportunity scholarships. This program will help residents to help themselves. It will give those less fortunate an opportunity to succeed. It will shake up the failing status quo.
Should Illinois do more to regulate campaign fundraising? If so, what?
Show the public where candidates are getting their campaign contributions from and ask why groups are contributing to them. It would be great if the government, a watch dog group or the media would follow-up on an elected officials voting record and how it correlated with who they received money from.
What help, if any, are you receiving from your party and its leaders, including staff help, advice, legal assistance, money and resources? Be specific.
We are supported by many of the Republican township chairmen, the precinct committeemen and grass roots efforts from local residents.
If you are an incumbent, give an example of a time you worked across the aisle on an important issue.
If you are an incumbent, give at least one example of a time you did not vote with your party on a significant issue.
As a Glen Ellyn Park Board Commissioner I worked with fellow commissioners who were Democrats to balance our budgets, create surpluses, and reduce the tax levy. All while improving services.
Do you support term limits? If so, will you commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying your colleagues on behalf of a constitutional change?
Yes, This is what our founding fathers intended for our government to do. Its not a long term, fulltime job. People should rotate regularly in representing the residents in their community.
Do you support changes to the redistricting process? If so, will you commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying your colleagues on behalf of a constitutional change?
Yes, Districts should be pure and simple geographic squares.
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife and I have lived in the same house in Glen Ellyn for 24 years. We have two adult children. We are very active in our community and church. We have 2 dogs and a cat.
Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
I joined the U.S. Army Reserve and went to Officer's Basic Training at age of 50. I was the oldest guy in camp. I also do kidney transplants at Christ Hospital.