Governor Wants To Combat Rising Poverty With Minimum Wage Hike

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to raise the state’s minimum wage.  His support comes as new census data shows more Illinois residents are living in poverty.


Illinois saw 150,000 more people slide into poverty last year, for a total of about 1.9 million of the state’s nearly 13 million residents.

Governor Pat Quinn says raising the state’s minimum wage would help turn those figures around.

“I believe in this.  The minimum wage is set up to fight poverty,” he said. “There are families in Illinois who are working 40 hours a week and still living in poverty.  That to me defies the Biblical principle that if you work hard, you should not live in poverty.”

Quinn says Illinois should take into account cost of living adjustments … like by tying the minimum wage to inflation.

Illinois companies must pay workers at least $8.25 an hour.  That’s a dollar more than the federal minimum.

Businesses groups say raising Illinois’ minimum wage will make the state less competitive.  Small business owners say it’ll force them to lay off workers because they can’t afford bigger paychecks.

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5 Responses to Governor Wants To Combat Rising Poverty With Minimum Wage Hike

  1. Increasing the minimum wage will help to stimulate the economy. Low income individuals have little choice but to spend a higher share of their incomes. Any hike to the minimum wage will be almost immediately be recirculated into the economy. Budget shortfalls at the state and local level will be reduced as higher wages result in more purchases in stores and sales taxes collected. Furthermore, raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do as all workers deserve a living wage.

  2. Joe says:

    Dumb Ass democrates have the correct icon for their party. If you raise the minimum wage I will have to fire someone to pay for the wage increase of others. That person goes on unemployment, or these days on disability, and becomes a bigger burden on a State that can’t afford it.

  3. eurekaworker says:

    Minimum Wage Factoids

    62% of all Minimum Wage Workers are Women

    “In 2011 more than 62 percent of minimum-wage workers were women compared to just 38 percent of male minimum-wage workers. Slightly more than 2.5 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.5 million men do. This imbalance is even more drastic once you consider that women were just 46.9 percent of all employed workers in 2011.”

    2 of 3 Minimum Wage Employees Work for Large Profitable Corporations:

    Two out of three low wage workers are employed by large corporations with more than 100 employees:

    Raising the Minimum Wage is a Job Booster, Not a “Job Killer”

    “A significant body of academic research has found that raising the minimum wage does not result in job losses even during hard economic times.

    $12.00 An Hour Will Raise A Worker Out of Poverty

    A $12.00 an hour wage, while not a “living wage,” will lift a worker working 34 hours a week over the Federal poverty level for an individual in Humboldt County.

    The Gasoline Index 1968-2012

    In 1968 an hour’s pay at minimum wage ( $1.60) would buy almost 5 gallons of gasoline (@ $0.33/ gal.) but today in Eureka an hour’s minimum wage ($8.00) will buy a little less than 2 gallons of gasoline (@ $4.37 per gallon.)

    Today’s Minimum Wage Worker is $7,000 Poorer Than a 1968 Worker

    At $7.25 an hour, today’s full-time minimum wage retail worker, security guard, child care worker or health aide makes just $15,080 a year. Last century’s 1968 minimum wage worker made $21,944 a year, adjusted for inflation.

    Worker Productivity Grew, Worker’s Wages Shrank

    Worker productivity grew 80 percent from 1973 to 2011. The average worker wage fell 7 percent, adjusted for inflation.

    The Reduction of Minimum Wage Value Has Cratered the Middle Class

    In 2010, our nation’s economy was growing, but most Americans didn’t feel it because 93 percent of the income growth went to the richest 1 percent. The bottom 90 percent of Americans got none. It sure wasn’t always like that. Between 1938, when the federal minimum wage was first enacted, and 1968, when it peaked in value, the bottom 90 percent of households shared 69 percent of the nation’s income growth. The middle class was able to grow.

    California Has the Lowest Minimum Wage on the West Coast

    California $8.00
    Oregon $8.80
    Washington $9.04
    Nevada $8.25

    Defending the Community

    $12.00 Minimum Wage for Large Employers


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