Senator Jim Oberweis released the following statement after the Senate voted 39-18-0 on February 7 to advance a measure to increase the minimum wage incrementally to $15.00 per hour for standard and tipped employees over a six-year ramp.
“Though I have sponsored minimum wage increase legislation in the past, this bill goes too far, too fast. Forced to pay higher costs, employers will have to raise prices and cut the number of jobs for too many entry-level workers,” Oberweis said. “A better approach would be to continue to boost the economy, as we are seeing nationwide, and allow wages to increase as a result of demand for good workers, coupled with a much more moderate minimum wage increase.”
“Minimum wage jobs are for entry level positions, not for experienced workers who may have a family to feed. How will people enter the labor force if they can’t get those entry level jobs and experience, so that they can move up to higher paying jobs? For those who keep their jobs and get an increase in pay, this is great. But for those who lose their jobs, and for those who never get that first entry level job, this is a disaster,” Oberweis added.
Senate Bill 1 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.