Of the responses received by the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber, 90 percent are
opposed to the increase while 10 percent are in favor of it.
executive director of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber, said that beyond support
or opposition, she wanted to know what unintended consequences may result if the
proposal is passed.
"Our local businesses told us they would be forced to increase their product
cost, which would be passed on to consumers. Nonprofits told us they would have
to potentially cut some vital services to their clients with more dollars being
allocated to payroll, while others told us they would be forced to just close
their doors, or shift their hiring focus to more skilled employees, leaving the
lesser skilled workers out of the labor market. All of these are unintended
consequences that will have a significant impact on the marketplace," Hake said.
Other chambers of commerce throughout the region, including Peoria, Pekin,
McLean County, Springfield, Canton and Champaign County, also conducted surveys
with their membership.
Combined, more than 1,150 people responded, and the results were
overwhelmingly against the proposal, with 86 percent of respondents in
opposition to it. With regard to consequences, 25 percent said a minimum wage
hike would force them to increase prices; 21 percent said they would have to
reduce staff in order to compensate for the wage increase; and 21 percent said
wage creep would affect their business negatively.
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The current minimum wage increase proposal is
Senate Bill 68. It is the same bill introduced last session by
Sen. Kimberly Lightford. This bill would increase the minimum wage
50 cents per year until it reaches $10.50, which is estimated to be
comparable to the minimum wage when it was first passed in the
1960s. The wage would increase annually based on the Consumer Price
Index. This bill would also remove many of the current exemptions
for agricultural workers, wait staff and others.
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]