Minimum Win!

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Brenden Morgan, Staff Writer

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Recently, discussion has cropped up everywhere about raising the minimum wage to a living wage all over the country. So what’s the chance of minimum wage in Illinois and Missouri rising in the next few years? Just this year, there was a new bill sent to the Capitol to help Illinois raise their minimum wage from $8.25 to $9 to take place January 1st, and by 2022 a huge increase of $15 dollars an hour. About 40% of people in Illinois that work make under $15 dollars an hour. This bill has been put aside for many years.

“This bill is an important step forward for working families throughout Illinois and for all the Chicago residents who work outside the city. In December, we raised Chicago’s minimum wage so that no family who works will have to raise their child in poverty. I’m glad to be seeing the progress is being made for working families across the state.” ”

— Mayor Rahm Emmanuel

After the bill was finally passed, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who loved the action of passing the bill, said, “This bill is an important step forward for working families throughout Illinois and for all the Chicago residents who work outside the city. In December, we raised Chicago’s minimum wage so that no family who works will have to raise their child in poverty. I’m glad to be seeing the progress is being made for working families across the state.” Seventeen other states have begun raising their minimum wage to similar standards. illinois minimum wage has been at $8.25 an hour since 2011.

The same is happening in Missouri. After two days of debate between Missouri’s Republicans and Democrats, the Republicans, who think the raise could cause problems for businesses, keeping the state standard in Missouri almost the same, just a nickel higher than it was last year making it a total of $7.70. Missouri has been more involved in raising their minimum wage over the years by changing theirs almost every year since 2013, but not by much, each year only upgrading it by $.35 cents.

The raise could really help boost our economy as the more money going in minimum wage workers’ pockets is more money that gets spent. Really, the people try to help out by raising minimum wage could actually be hurting them more than helping them in the situation. When the government starts to raise a state’s minimum wage, employers then have to go through higher labor cost, which means a decrease in expenses of other products or by cutting the jobs of employees that haven’t had much experience or education.