From State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Minimum Wage Increase will Lead to More Job Loss and More People Leaving Illinois
East Dundee, IL – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is warning Illinois residents about the high cost of the minimum wage increase the House just approved.
“I had the privilege of sitting in a great burger restaurant, and I was talking to the owner and she explained to me how she pays her cooks $18 per hour and if we increase the wages for dishwashers and other lower skilled positions then she is going to have to pay her cooks more,” Skillicorn said.
“It is not just about the entry level positions.
“Everyone’s salary will have to go up.”
She said the only way it can work will be to lay some people off and for her to do even more
work than she is doing now.
The consequences of this legislation will be felt across the state for a long time to come.”
The Illinois House today approved legislation (SB 1) to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in six years.
“The price of goods and services in Illinois is going to go up and the cost to taxpayers is going to be enormous,” Skillicorn said.
“State government alone is looking at an increase of more than $1 billion in payroll costs.
“Where is the state going to get an extra $1 billion?
“We can hardly pay the bills we have now.
“We are only going to drive jobs away from Illinois and this will lead to Illinois losing even more people.”
House Bill 1 now moves to the Governor’s desk for his signature.