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Caterpillar Rips Illinois Legislature For Tax Break Vote

Posted by wlpo on December 2, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Caterpillar says this week’s vote by Illinois lawmakers that killed a package of tax breaks for several companies was a bad signal to send. Illinois is trying to convince the heavy-equipment maker to build a new factory in the state.

Caterpillar’s Jim Dugan told The Associated Press that Tuesday’svote was a product of the state’s “rudderless, dysfunctional business climate.”

The tax package was intended to hold onto Sears and several financial exchanges that have threatened to leave Illinois.

Caterpillar plans to move about 1,000 jobs from Japan to a North American location still to be decided.

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