* Kurt Erickson has a story about the cost for Illinois universities of raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour…
At Southern Illinois University, for example, President Glenn Poshard said an increase could cost his institution $3.2 million in additional wages at a time when the General Assembly may be considering further cuts in aid to higher education.
“We need an increase in funding in higher education,” Poshard told members of a House appropriations panel Thursday. “We don’t have any extra to run our university.” […]
Illinois State University officials say the change could affect nearly 4,200 student workers currently earning the minimum wage at jobs ranging from campus food services to the student recreation center.
In all, the cost at ISU of an increase would be about $1.6 million, officials said.
Eastern Illinois University predicts an increase will cost about $940,000. And, because the university has committed to no tuition increase next year, a minimum wage hike likely would trigger a reduction in the number of student workers, said Derek Markley, chief of staff to President Bill Perry.
By the way, Senate minimum wage hike sponsor Kimberly Lightford told Kurt she’s at least two votes shy of passing the bill in the Senate. The real test, though, will be in the House.