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Article by Bryan Howard
February 8, 2019
The State of Illinois is about to join California, Massachusetts and New Jersey in the next state to have a $15 minimum wage by the year 2025. Illinois Senate has passed legislation 39-18 and is ready to move on to the Illinois House, which is controlled by Democrats as well.
The newly elected Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker has made raising Illinois minimum wage to $15/hr a center piece in his campaign. Assuming the House passes the bill (which they will) it will appear on Pritzker’s desk for his signature.
After the Senate vote Pritzker made a statement, “Today the state Senate made it clear that working families in Illinois deserve a raise, and they’re going to get one. If you live in this state and put in a hard day’s work, you should be able to afford to put a roof over your head and food on the table.”
Currently Illinois minimum wage is $8.25, but with the new bill January 2020 it will raise $1.75 and $1 every year after until 2025. This will top off at $15/hr, which will likely destroy small businesses in the State.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch, announced he disapproval of the bill, “Increasing the minimum wage by 82 percent over the next five years would harm small businesses, kill jobs, and eliminate opportunities for the workers who need them the most,” it said. “We hope legislators will work with the business community to implement practical solutions that mitigate the impact on small businesses.”’
Illinois is currently on pace to become the first State ever to declare bankruptcy and is suffering from a mass exodus. Enacting a high minimum wage at this level will only chase out small business and cost hundreds of thousands in the state to lose their jobs. My suggestion to anyone that is Conservative in Illinois is to move out now before your property is devalued to the point it’s not worth selling. Move to a state like Texas or Florida that has low taxation and needs more Conservative voters.