Morrison Opposes Minimum Wage Increase

SPRINGFIELD. . .Today the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 an hour statewide. The proposal, SB1, would be gradually enacted over the next six years with the first increase taking effect on January 1, 2020.

State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) opposed the increase, and released the following statement regarding today’s vote on SB1.

“The lack of discussion and negotiation on this extremely dramatic change in policy is concerning. This is not a bipartisan piece of legislation, yet the effects of this proposal will impact small businesses and families in the entire state. For businesses that are already struggling to stay in Illinois, this increase will be detrimental to the cost of doing business. Some employees will benefit from this change, but more would be hurt, which is why I could not in good faith support this bill. Expect businesses to either close their doors altogether, cut employee hours, and/or find ways to automate—all of which would be detrimental to those who depend on these jobs. The best way to improve the livelihoods of all Illinoisans is to encourage a growing Illinois economy.”

SB1 ultimately passed with 69 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill and 47 opposed to the measure.