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Wednesday, November 29, 2017…Carlyle High School Senior James Biggs learned more about the role of State Representative by job shadowing State Representative Charlie Meier for the day. Pictured from left to right is Rep. Charlie Meier, James Biggs, and Rep. Meier’s Legislative Aide Diane Rakers.

The Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently sponsored a resolution to welcome and encourage Amazon to consider locating their second company headquarters (HQ2) in Illinois.

On September 7, 2017 Amazon announced plans to open a second company headquarters in North America known as HQ2. Amazon requested proposals from state and local governments for HQ2 and have received 238 proposals from state and local governments from throughout the North America, including multiple bids from Illinois and the St. Louis region.

According to State Representative Charlie Meier, “I truly believe Illinois and the bi-state region can meet the needs of Amazon’s second headquarters. We have everything Amazon is looking for in terms of location to an International airport, railroads, public transit, roads and land for HQ2 to meet their needs and wants.”
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” to prohibit units of government in Illinois from using taxpayer funds for elective abortions, reversing key provisions of the recently enacted House Bill 40.

“I’m opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions and I support the right to life,” said Rep, Meier. “It is estimated that Illinois taxpayers could end up paying 75% of the state’s 40,000 annual elective abortions. The state can’t even pay its current bills, we should not spend $30 million in tax dollars on 30,000 abortions annually.”

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions, other than for abortions sought in connection with pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Abortions under these circumstances constitute roughly 1% of all abortions. Federal law already requires states to provide Medicaid abortions under these three conditions, and the proposed Act recognizes those federal provisions. Furthermore, while the federal government typically matches a state’s Medicaid expenses, it will not do so for elective abortions.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently chief co-sponsored legislation (HR 627) opposing the use of an estimated $100 million in state tax dollars to fund the Obama Presidential Library in Illinois.

“Our hard earned tax dollars in southern Illinois should not be used to fund the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago,” said Rep. Meier. “Obama should be able to raise enough private funds without having to rely on state tax dollars to fund a library touting his eight years in office. I can’t and will not support a bill in the General Assembly that funds the Obama library.”

The last two Presidents of the United States have used private donations to build their libraries. No presidential libraries overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration have received direct funding from either the federal government or their respective states.

President Barack Obama concluded his second and final term as President of the United States of America on January 20, 2017, and has announced plans to build a presidential library and museum in Chicago. A recent legislative initiative proposes to allocate $100 million from Illinois capital spending funds for the construction of President Obama's Presidential Library and Museum. This proposal comes at a time when the State's budget condition continues to worsen and economic growth continues to lag behind national recovery trends.

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) would like to see Amazon call Illinois home by choosing the Metro East as their second headquarters in North America (HQ2).

Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to open its second headquarters by a Request for Proposal (RFP) from state and local government leaders. The RFP from government leaders is due by October 19, 2017.

On Thursday, Rep. Charlie Meier sent a letter and e-mail to both Madison and St. Clair County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and Mark Kern offering his support to both counties if they need assistance from the State of Illinois to help attract Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

“I think the Metro East can meet the needs of Amazon and I think it’s safe to say we can agree on this,” said Rep. Meier. “Our region desperately needs more jobs and opportunity. If we are successful in bringing Amazon’s second corporate headquarters to the Metro East, it would certainly prove positive for our region.”

According to Amazon’s announcement on September 7, 2017, “Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.”

The official letter Representative Charlie Meier sent to Chairman Prenzler and Chairman Kern can be found here.
I am writing to inform you that my office is available to assist with anything your county may need from the State of Illinois to help the Metro East attract Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

If we are successful in bringing Amazon to the Metro East, we have an opportunity to gain up to 50,000 new full-time jobs with average salaries exceeding $100,000 over the next ten to fifteen years. Plus, the Amazon project is expected to have over $5 billion in capital expenditures invested in our region.

Amazon’s ideal site and building requirements are as follows:

30 miles from a population center
Within 45 minutes of an International airport
1-2 miles from major highways and roads
Access to on-site mass transit (i.e. direct access to rail, train, subway/metro bus routes)
500,000 square feet of building space for Phase 1 in 2019 and up to 8,000,000 square feet beyond 2027