On February 7, the Democrat-majority in the Senate passed a costly 15 dollar minimum wage increase to be phased in over the next 6 years. 

State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), who opposed the legislation when it came before the Senate, issued the following statement on Senate Bill 0001:

“This legislation only adds to the burdens placed on Illinois’ employers, backing them into a corner, raising costs for consumers and posing a threat to our business sector. Just consider the harm this will have on colleges and universities. We’re looking at millions of dollars being added to their overhead, potential decreases in enrollment and the elimination of student worker programs,” said Senator Righter. “Instead of focusing on pro-business, pro-growth reforms, we’re entertaining a political ploy filled with false promises and overlooks the unintended effects of a massive wage increase. This isn’t good business for our state and this isn’t a measure I will support.”

Senate Bill 0001 passed out of the Senate by a vote of 39 to 18 and will now advance to the House for further consideration.