$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate

The Senate approved SB 1 (Lightford) by 39-18. The bill would increase the minimum wage for those above the age of 18 from $8.25 (current) to:

-$9.25 by January 1, 2020
-$10.00 by July 1, 2020
-$11.00 by January 1, 2021
-$12.00 by January 2022
-$13 by January 2023
-$14 by January 2024
-$15 by January 2025.

The bill would also make similar increases for those under 18 with the final wage being $13 per hour by 2025.

The bill includes a tax credit for employers with less than 50 employees. However, as drafted, the credit is not as straightforward as it is being sold.

Business organizations — including the Illinois Chamber, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, and others — remain opposed.  The Senate is expected to put SB 1 up for a vote in the House this week. Members are encouraged to reach out to their lawmakers and urge them to vote NO on any minimum wage increase that does not include employer protections. Members can reach their legislators by either writing or calling their offices here.

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