ROCKFORD (WREX) – 68th District Republican Representative John Cabello says in his career he’s worked to improve state roads, worked on criminal justice reform, and on the top of his list is bringing down people’s taxes.
“We’ve got to find ways to bring people back to the state,” says Cabello. “We have to find ways to reduce the size of government. I believe the size of government has grown above the size of the governed, we’re spending way too much money on things we shouldn’t be spending money on.”
Cabello’s challenger, Democrat Jake Castanza says he’d work to relieve the tax burden on the middle class and has a passion for improving the channels between education and the workforce.
“What it’s come down to from my opinion is a lack of job skill training and access to good jobs,” says Castanza. “Schools within our district are funded at 68% or less as it relates to the adequacy formula put forth by the state. We need to make sure these schools have the resources to have agility in those training so individuals can leave high school and choose either a career or college of their choosing.”
A topic that pops up frequently in the stateline is the potential of rail. Castanza says it’s a project he supports.
“Rail is an excellent economic engine, and it’s also something that will add to the excellence of our community. The incumbent voting against and didn’t stand up for the money we had earmarked to start the project which is another issue and failure. When we get these projects started we must continue them.”
Cabello says Castanza’s claims aren’t correct. He believes upgrading train tracks in our area would cost over $200 million, something the state can’t afford that would increase the tax burden on voters.
“I’m not a proponent of the rail because it was Amtrak, it was one train a day to and from. We’ve got to plan better, it’s got to be more than one train a day. The state can’t afford what it has now because of the spending problem. Why would we add to it? If we do want to do it, there’s a bus station on the east side of town we could do bus service once an hour and utilize the train there it would cost only cost $4-500,000 a year. Let’s see what ridership is in the first place and we can go from there.”