Forum: No minimum-wage increase
April 30, 2013 10:18PM
Updated: June 2, 2013 6:43AM
Illinois job creators are speaking with one voice: Adverse consequences from hiking Illinois’ minimum wage will far outweigh the alleged benefits that some are trying to accomplish in Springfield.
Senate Bill 68 will seek to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 per hour. Illinois now has the fourth-highest minimum wage in the nation at $8.25 per hour.
Employers cannot bear the repercussions of a minimum-wage hike, and jobs will be lost. While national unemployment has dropped, unemployment in Illinois continues to rise, standing at 9.5 percent. Most minimum-wage workers are young people, and their unemployment rate stands at 26.5 percent in Illinois and 48 percent in Chicago.
Employers are bracing for the uncertain effects of implementation of the federal affordable health care law, estimated at approximately $3,000 in extra costs per employee.
Moody’s Analytics has warned that Illinois is in danger of falling back into recession, reporting that “Illinois has been among the Midwest’s weakest and is underperforming the nation in most economic gauges.”
As the job creators in Illinois, we cannot stand idly by and see our state slip back into a recession. Not now. Not ever again.
President and chief executive officer
Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Illinois State Director
National Federation of Independent Business
Stewards of the Earth
There is a street in New Lenox between Gougar Road and the Interstate 80 overpass, now called Francis Road, that has welcomed travelers ever since it was a dirt road leading to a fort in the 1800s.
In the summer, the overhanging tree foliage cools us. Brilliantly painted autumn leaves and frosted undergrowth display pallets of spectacular color. In the winter, snowflakes cling to bowing tree limbs, waiting for the stillness to be broken before floating gently to the ground. The bursting spring growth and scent of wildflowers begins this yearly evolution, as we view and enjoy this spectacle at no cost.
I just finished filling 33 large plastic bags of trash from the roadside, and there is more to do. I’m disgusted to think that such natural beauty can be so disregarded, disrespected and disfigured.
Shame on those who think this world is their garbage dump, and shame on their parents for not teaching them better manners. I will continue to clean this little part of my world because I want future generations to enjoy it, as I and my family have done for many years.
I also want to be able to take pride in knowing my family and I did our part. We are all stewards of our environment. We have a responsibility to keep it clean.