SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Minimum wage advisory referendum moves to the Senate

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

* Sun-Times

Voters would be asked in November to weigh in on raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour under legislation drafted by House Speaker Michael Madigan and backed Tuesday by the Illinois House.

His measure, which passed the House 71-43 and now moves to the Senate, would place an advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot asking whether to raise the $8.25-an-hour minimum wage to $10 an hour on Jan. 1. […]

Four Republicans supported Madigan’s bill: Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield; Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park; Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville; and Rep. Michael McAuliffe, R-Chicago.

Democrats who bucked Madigan included Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills; Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo; and Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton. […]

“I voted for the minimum wage before when it was up a couple of years ago,” said McAuliffe, who represents parts of the northwest side and adjoining suburbs. “There’s a lot of people that are unemployed- young and also a lot of seniors. When they go into the job market, sometimes they’re denied good-paying jobs, and all they have, the only jobs that are available, are the ones at minimum wage. A lot of seniors are still trying to make ends meet and for me I feel it’s a good fit for them.”

* SJ-R

Earlier Tuesday, a group of Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to put an advisory referendum on the fall ballot regarding whether the income tax hike should be made permanent.

Rep. David Harris, R-Arlington Heights, said Illinois is becoming more like California, which is famous for putting issues to voters.
“These kind of issues are for us to decide,” Harris said. “We shouldn’t fob off our responsibility onto an advisory referendum.”

* Lee Newspapers

House Speaker Michael Madigan, who sponsored the proposal, said a higher wage will help pull people out of poverty.

“We think that it helps people in society that do need some help,” the Chicago Democrat said.

“Nobody should be working and living in poverty,” added state Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago.

Republicans said it could stifle economic growth by limiting small businesses from hiring work

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


19 Comments
  1. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    Waste of space. I support raising the minimum wage, but this is a waste of space on the ballot.


  2. - PublicServant - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 9:58 am:

    Increasing the minimum wage will put upward wage pressure on those jobs whose wages are close to it, thus providing more income to low-end wage-earners who will spend it, increasing demand and leading to more jobs overall. It will also help move people off welfare. I, for one, am tired of keeping walmart workers fed, clothed, sheltered and healthy so they can work to make money for the Walton family.


  3. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 10:15 am:

    “Earlier Tuesday, a group of Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to put an advisory referendum on the fall ballot regarding whether the income tax hike should be made permanent.”

    In my opinion, the minimum wage increase nonbinding refereundum is more of a “puff piece” and thus can be put on a ballot for future consideration. I support a minimum wage increase, but I don’t believe we have a dire need to pass it right now.

    Keeping the income tax increase seems like a far more important matter and should not be kicked down the road. The new fiscal year is coming soon, and with an estimated $4 billion revenue shortfall, some vulnerable people could soon experience the pain of budget cuts.

    I saw cuts in 2012, when the state terminated the GA program. Those cuts were thankfully eased by Obamacare and the CountyCare program that soon followed. We referred people whose GA assistance was terminated to apply for CountyCare.

    I believe that we have to make an unpopular decision by keeping the revenue at its current level. There is a good chance that in the future, the 5% income tax will still be unpopular. This is the tough choice we face today. We should think seriously today about how the most vulnerable will be harmed if the tax rate expires.


  4. - Walker - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 10:16 am:

    David Harris is right.

    Representative government means something.


  5. - SAP - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 10:19 am:

    It is a non-binding referendum. I kinda like the idea of legislators gathering information before they vote.


  6. - Living in Machiaville - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:00 am:

    Walmart and other mega-retailers would be best served raising the minimum wage voluntarially. Sadly, the Mom and Pop shops cannot find enough in the “margins” to pay the inflated wage cost. Also, a “fair” minimum wage in an urban setting is not equal to that in a rural area.


  7. - Demoralized - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    ==I kinda like the idea of legislators gathering information before they vote==

    I kinda like legislators doing their job instead of sticking their finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing. Make a decision and then justify that decision in the next election. They are there to make decisions. Period.


  8. - A guy... - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    It’s a stall maneuver at best. Any member could poll his or her own district easily if they’re that confused. This is meant to take your attention away from vital issues. It’s sad. It’ll pass without much trouble among a bunch of other things that matter more and affect people a lot more deeply than an “advisory” referendum.


  9. - Darienite - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:19 am:

    Saw where Panera Bread is considering the use of robots to take orders. So go ahead and increase the minimum wage, they reduce overall labor costs.


  10. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    Put them both on the ballot or put neither on the ballot.

    Both directly impact paychecks, personal buying power, and a slew of similar issues.


  11. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    They’re just get-out-the-vote measures.

    Dems should have the guts to increase the minimum wage.

    –Saw where Panera Bread is considering the use of robots to take orders–

    I hate Panera bread robots!


  12. - Louis Howe - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:40 am:

    @Darienite “robots to take orders”…If Businesses can get away with it, they already do it. The minimum wage isn’t about jobs, although most academic research indicates there is little loss of jobs from an increase, it’s about Fair Labor Standards.
    FDR said it best in his 1938 message to congress: “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country”
    Why should taxpayers subsidize the billionaire Waltons by providing food stamps, Medicaid and other life sustaining government services to their employees so that Wal-Mart can pay minimum wages?


  13. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    == Panera Bread is considering the use of robots to take orders ==

    Have you seen the robots they have at the National Restaurant Association show this week? It is mind-boggling. Everything from milkshakes to burritos and grilled hamburgers.


  14. - A guy... - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    Off topic, but kind of funny in my mind at least; Will we soon have robot cocktail servers? If so, I’m guessing you could blow into them to see if it’s appropriate to serve you any more. This kinda tickles me. Robot bouncers might be fun too. The Tin Man tosses you. Wow.


  15. - Da Moat - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    It’s coming. There are robot soldiers already; why not robot bouncers. And don’t think that breathalyzer at bars aren’t coming eventually.


  16. - Federalist - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 12:17 pm:

    Those 21 and under would stay at the existing minimum wage.
    All others would be raised to $10.00 per hour.

    Then index it to CPI-U, or at the worst the Chained CPI.

    That is what I would put forward if I were in the legislature. So far no one at the state or national level makes any type of such suggestions. Each side come out with their usual ‘mantra’ and there are no other discussion points.


  17. - Shark Sandwich - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 12:52 pm:

    Robot cars means no more DUIs. No need to blow for the robot bouncer if a robot can drive you home?!

    In ay event, everyone would do well to find themselves skills that can’t be economically replaced by robots. Like robot repairman..


  18. - Ghost - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 2:22 pm:

    == Republicans said it could stifle economic growth by limiting small businesses from hiring work ===

    Republicans say they want people off of welfare and assitance too,

    So republicans want us to pay people below poverty wages, but are angry that we are giving food and medicine to people who cant afford…. who could afford it if we raised the minimium wage.


  19. - Federalist - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    @Ghost,

    You state: “So republicans want us to pay people below poverty wages, but are angry that we are giving food and medicine to people who cant afford…. who could afford it if we raised the minimium wage.”

    That seems to be their logic. Low wages, more immigration, legal and illegal, and the Chamber of Commerce and their Republican allies are quite happy.

    Not good for the nation or Illinois.

    Not defending DEMS either. They have their on laundry list of hypocrisies and ‘inconsistencies.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* CUB Poll: 84% Oppose Exelon Bailout - Solar Poll: 81% Oppose Demand Charges
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - New cable TV buys and fundraiser calendar
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Friends of the Parks responds *** Lucas pulls plug on museum
* "Dead. Yes, dead."
* Radogno shares some deets on stopgap, blames Chicago for holdup
* Maybe this will convince Democrats to cut a deal?
* Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
* Another way Chicago is behind the times
* More on that Cullerton meeting
* Creating a workaround for new CPS debt?
* Settlement talks in Duckworth case "initiated by the judge"
* Hostage dies
* Close on 6-month stopgap, not there yet on K-12
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Some Users Experiencing Issues With App Store and iTunes Store
* Live-streaming is where YouTube is going next
* Freedom 251 shipments finally begin next week
* Alcatel Idol 4 along with VR headset start reaching retailers
* Apple’s iPhone OLED display plans growing solid with new supplier
* Is Samsung prepping a new Galaxy for Rio 2016?
* YouTube renews Red Originals, picks up newbies at VidCon 2016

* Hawkins, Stephens among top prospect performers Thursday
* 2016 Draft: Signing and bonus tracker
* Hit in 57 games, win $5.6 million
* Less than one week left to cast your All-Star vote
* White Sox let see-saw finale slip away
* Red Sox 8, White Sox 7 (10 innings): Load ‘em and leave ‘em
* Shields shows improvement in steady start

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Illinois Lawmakers Return to Springfield on Jun.....
* Illinois Made $9M In License Plate Late Fees Af.....
* Could The Budget Impasse Last Four Years? - WNI.....
* Mike Flynn, former congressional candidate, dies..
* Staffer Member Duo Turned Catcher Pitcher Teamm.....
* Rauner surveys Pontiac tornado damage..
* State Rep. Jack Franks set to withdraw from Ill.....
* 2016 Illinois elections: Targeted races, the Tr.....
* Little towns fearing loss of state jobs - The N.....
* Drug Overdose Death Reportedly 'Linked' To Illi.....


* Chicago police arrest teen in slaying of city dispatcher
* Lucas abandons plan to build museum in Chicago after lawsuit
* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* 17 calves die when semi overturns on Illinois interstate
* Illinois windfall from license plate late fees exceeds $5M
* Illinois to get $17 million for HIV assistance programs
* Dick Van Dyke visits Illinois hometown, starting foundation
* EXCHANGE: Toddler has right stuff to become sensation
* 'West Wing chicken' dish wins Peoria girl White House trip
* At least 6 tornado touchdowns confirmed in northern Illinois

* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* Survey: Nearly 1 million human service clients affected by budget impasse
* Illinois lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday as budget deadline nears
* Illinois State Museum given path to accreditation
* Illinois insurance co-op sues feds over health law payments
* Gun bill at Illinois Capitol gets support from Rifle Association
* Budget standoff forces layoffs at Illinois child aid group
* Rochester dipping into reserves to fund next school year
* Chicago-to-Moline passenger rail project resurrected
* Mental health provider closing due to no Illinois budget

* Here are the Illinois stocks hammered—and helped—by Brexit vote
* Sanders says he'll vote for Clinton
* Illinois more than doubles its take in license plate late fees
* How the Dump Trump push could lead the GOP back to Scott Walker
* Read local: 7 books for summer


* Steep Theatre warms up for busy summer and 2016-17 season
* Derrick Rose pens farewell letter to Chicago
* John Fountain: Tribute to De’Kayla becomes song and video
* Man charged with shooting 3-year-old held without bond
* Jack Higgins’ Perspective for June 26, 2016
* CSOs caps 125th anniversary with Bruckner’s glorious ‘Te Deum’
* Man wanted for stealing cigarettes from NW Indiana gas station
* Whose Bulls team is it? John Paxson and Gar Forman’s, of course
* Juvenile arrested in shooting death of city worker
* More charges filed against driver in fatal Kankakee crash


* Fateful O'Hare Airport pizza meeting sealed Brexit vote deal: British media
* Lucas Museum drops plan to build in Chicago
* Chicago's 5 debts to George Lucas
* The Whitey Bulger auction: what's a mobster's stuff worth?
* Family members charged in boy's kidnapping
* At least 18 dead in West Virginia floods; focus on search and rescue
* Stocks plunge after Brexit vote; Dow drops 611 points, Nasdaq has worst day since 2011
* Derrick Rose on joining Knicks: 'It still don't feel real'
* What the Brexit vote means for you: 8 key questions
* Man who shot 3-year-old boy was celebrating gang holiday: Prosecutors


* Illinois women hit hard by state budget impasse
* Patrick M. Twomey: Don't let schools be pawns in budget battle
* Survey: Nearly 1 million human service clients affected by budget impasse
* Illinois lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday as budget deadline nears
* Illinois State Museum given path to accreditation
* Illinois insurance co-op sues feds over health law payments
* Gun bill at Illinois Capitol gets support from Rifle Association
* Budget standoff forces layoffs at Illinois child aid group
* Bernard Schoenburg: Downstate dealmakers: Book looks at Powell, Choate, Stelle
* Ralph Martire: Downstate vs. Chicago a false dichotomy


* Hello, new budget year
* Three adults, teen arrested in meth case in Rantoul
* Fairmount man charged with aggravated DUI in fatal crash
* UPDATE: Champaign man guilty of murder from last summer
* UPDATED: Woman ticketed in I-74 crash
* Teen who lied in plot against mom sentenced to probation
* Hanna City animal shelter celebrates 500 adoptions
* Tom's #Mailbag, June 24, 2016
* Murder case goes to jury
* Cooler days across much of the Corn Belt


* Rolling Meadows teen charged with sexual abuse
* DuPage forest district delays sale of horses to Schaumburg Park District
* 'Guys and Dolls,' 'Beauty and the Beast' on tap at Naperville's BrightSide Theatre
* Amy Schumer to perform at Allstate Arena
* O'Hare airport to get 2 new hotels, revamp planned for Hilton

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Illinois to get $17 million for HIV assist......
* Illinois To Get $17 Million For HIV Assist......
* Illinois to get $17 million for HIV assist......
* Ex-Durbin aide Kotarac to head rail retire......

* Vulnerable Republican Mark Kirk Intensifie......
* GOP Sen. Mark Kirk airs anti-Trump ad - CB......

* Illinois Immigration Reform Advocates Vow To Press On After Supreme Court's Split Vote On Executive Orders (VIDEO)
* Pentagon To Lift Ban On Transgender Service Members On July 1
* Cartoon of the Day - 6/23/16 Guns in Chicago
* Kirk Touts His Anti-Trump Stance In New TV Ad (VIDEO)
* Cartoon Of The Day
* Can ‘Miss Obamacare’ Save Health Care? Enrolling Latinos Is Critical
* Cartoon of the Day - 6/24/16 Rauner impact of cuts to social services
* Detailed Stewart School Conversion Plans Surface With 64 Residential Units
* Chicago Community Groups To Rauner: Fund Summer Youth Job Programs
* Lucas Museum Abandons Plans To Build In Chicago


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller