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Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020

* WSIL TV

Illinois’ minimum wage will bump up to $10 on Wednesday. The move brings employees one step closer to the state’s checkpoint of $15 by 2025. However, some aren’t happy the state is moving forward with the increase during the current pandemic. The $15 minimum wage plan was the first bill Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in 2019. Workers saw the first increase to $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2020. The momentum isn’t slowing down due to COVID-19, as workers can expect an extra 75 cents an hour next month.

Minimum wage workers will make $10 while tipped employees will get at least $6 per hour. Teen workers will see a boost to an $8 minimum wage. Some business owners are concerned they won’t be able to pay everyone and may have to cut down on staff.

Republican lawmakers hoped Pritzker would pause the payment ramp during the pandemic to lessen the bleed for businesses. However, the state’s Department of Labor is moving forward as planned.

Um, how could the governor or IDOL “pause” the minimum wage increase on their own without legislation? The article doesn’t say.

* Illinois Radio Network

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he won’t delay an increase in the state’s minimum wage, which he pushed for and signed into law during his first year as governor.

That state’s minimum will increase to $10 an hour on Wednesday.

Shortly after taking office in 2019, Pritzker enacted a phased increase to the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The first of two increases was Jan. 1 of this year going from $8.25 to $9.25 an hour. The second increase this year is set for Wednesday.

Again, how was the governor going to “delay” a minimum wage increase on his own without legislation? The article doesn’t say.

…Adding… From the other end of the spectrum…


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29 Comments »
  1. - Dee Lay - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:50 am:

    “Again, how was the governor going to “delay” a minimum wage increase on his own without legislation?”

    Because some folks are intellectually dishonest and/or don’t understand how the government works even if it is part of their job?


  2. - fs - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:53 am:

    Where he would have authority to pause something set by statute is a valid point.

    Not wholly dissimilar to questions about where his authority comes from to pause through executive order other processes that he arguably has no real authority over, like Court proceedings.


  3. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:54 am:

    Logic disconnect among GOP legislators. Gov has exceeded his authority on restrictions … However, we think he can waive the minimum wage law.


  4. - Contrarian - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:55 am:

    Agreed, Gov can’t unilaterally delay. But, this was pretty funny, “…as workers can expect an extra 75 cents an hour next month.” What do the laid off workers expect? It has gone up $1.75 in 6 months - and will go up again next January 1. Gonna be an awful lot of kiosks out there … meanwhile, those who do get the increase see consumer prices increase to compensate for the additional costs. Nothing is free. Thus, the inherent fallacy of the minimum wage: people who get laid off because of it go backwards, people who do receive it, quickly see their “increase” evaporate as the price for what they pay for everyday goods goes up as well. Nobody really wins in a min wage - other than politicians who engage in the specious selling of “something for nothing” for their own gain and to the detriment of those they claim to serve.


  5. - essentially working - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:56 am:

    I would think he could use his emergency powers to ignore or supersede that legislation? Just like he did with the pandemic plan, due process, personal property rights, etc… Blame the virus, seems to work for everything else that isn’t convenient….


  6. - efudd - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:56 am:

    Don’t expect too much from Greg Bishop’s “reporting”.

    His copy reads like a 10th grader…who’s flunking English. If it wasn’t for Ted Dabrowski and the five Repubs currently in the GA, he would have no “sources”.


  7. - Contrarian - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:59 am:

    Said differently in the immortal words of Leader Art Turner (the Elder), “Gov, I went to McDonalds this morning to get my coffee, and the price went up 25 cents.” Coffee is just one commodity that people buy. At the end of the day - nobody really gets a minimum wage increase…


  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    ===emergency powers to ignore or supersede that legislation===

    Nope.


  9. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:14 pm:

    ===Blame the virus, seems to work for everything else that isn’t convenient…===

    Hmmm. If the Governor ordered something like this, I suppose we’d see the Eastern Bloc and other like-minded Illinoisans voluntarily paying more for stuff, maybe tipping at McDonald’s, just to stick it to Pritzker?


  10. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:26 pm:

    The business groups and Republicans asked JB to address this in April and of course they were ignored

    In some blue states, the movement has been successful, but no luck in reasonable and moderate Illinois

    Even in liberal California, local governments are listening to the chambers of commerce and business owners who’ve long resisted minimum-wage hikes by saying it will reduce the number of people they can hire.

    Hayward, a city near San Francisco, is postponing a planned increase, and officials in nearby Fremont and Alameda are weighing similar measures. Business groups have urged California Governor Gavin Newsom to push off a statewide wage increase scheduled for January.

    Even in liberal California, local governments are listening to the chambers of commerce and business owners who’ve long resisted minimum-wage hikes by saying it will reduce the number of people they can hire.

    Hayward, a city near San Francisco, is postponing a planned increase, and officials in nearby Fremont and Alameda are weighing similar measures. Business groups have urged California Governor Gavin Newsom to push off a statewide wage increase scheduled for January.

    https://www.chicagobusiness.com/government/illinois-and-other-dem-states-pressured-delay-minimum-wage-hikes


  11. - MakePoliticsCoolAgain - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:40 pm:

    Chicago’s minimum wage is finally going up to $14/hr tomorrow. But we have Greg Bishop, et. all complaining about $10/hr - give me a break.


  12. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:42 pm:

    Comment by “The Patriot” was deleted because there was at least one blatant falsehood in each sentence s/he posted.


  13. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:45 pm:

    =Even in liberal California, local governments are listening to the chambers of commerce and business owners who’ve long resisted minimum-wage hikes by saying it will reduce the number of people they can hire.=

    The minimum wage in California is $13 an hour.


  14. - Linus - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:57 pm:

    I, for one, am outraged that the Governor has not used his considerable powers to institute peace in the Middle East.

    Does the man just not care ?? ?????????


  15. - Nagidam - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:01 pm:

    Isn’t the state fair in legislation? He canceled that. And honestly I don’t know so I may be wrong.


  16. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:07 pm:

    The governor has issued various EO’s which have limited occupancy or gatherings for public health reasons. There is no equivalence between that action and the minimum wage increase established by the legislature.


  17. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:32 pm:

    The Governor cannot override laws with an Executive Order. He can suspend the enforcement of Rules, which is a totally different animal.


  18. - Arock - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:37 pm:

    He has closed down whole industries with his executive orders but he can’t stop a minimum wage increase? Give me a break, but then again Rauner and only Rauner is the cause of all of Illinois financial problems from the past. And I suppose the legislature worked in earnest to find common ground during his governorship to help the citizens of Illinois. No the legislature gave him and the people of Illinois the finger and said kiss off until we get a Democrat back in the office.

    I personally believe that the minimum wage should continue its scheduled increases, and that the Federal minimum wage should have been increased substantially years ago and indexed to inflation.


  19. - Arock - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:41 pm:

    I might add that many areas of the State he shut down have had minimal cases of the virus but have received the same restrictions as those with exponential growth which is not good science.


  20. - PIA - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:50 pm:

    The Governor’s decision NOT to suspend existing law (equally to both political sides: minimum wage, rent control) does seem to conflict with his decision TO suspend existing law by cancelling the State Fairs in Springfield and Duquoin. He took “the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 State Fairs” without legislation allowing him to do so.

    (20 ILCS 210/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 1705)
    Sec. 5. The Department shall annually hold a State Fair at Springfield and DuQuoin


  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    This is arguably the silliest thing of all June 2020;

    Let’s begin, shall we?

    === He has closed down whole industries with his executive orders but…===

    Ok. Out of the box, we get a governor using executive powers, some causing pain, probably causing frustration too… k?

    Here’s where it gets to the silly;

    === Rauner and only Rauner is the cause…===

    “I’m frustrated too, it taking steps… more important than… “

    I mean we had a whole General Assembly that the only purpose was to… you guessed it…

    “… close whole industries…”…

    … unless labor was crushed. Social services, they got pummeled, some close for good, but to destroy labor, not save lives.

    With this so far? I mean, it’s like silly meets “Drunk History” on the Tee-Vee.

    Sorry, sorry, my bad, it’s too funny. Ok. Moving on…

    === And I suppose the legislature worked in earnest to find common ground during his governorship to help the citizens of Illinois.===

    If a governor can get 60 and 30, then they can.

    Rauner.. he didn’t choose 60 and 30… Rauner chose Franks, Drury, and don’t forget Dunkin… and every phony Raunerite… but Pritzker got 60 and 30… and not once held Illinois hostage

    Forgetting Dunkin, Drury, and Franks is like forgetting the Owl telling us who was holding the state hostage… and why.

    Pritzker is trying to save lives, Raunerites were trying to save their skins from Rauner’s wrath… so they hurt Illinois to destroy labor.

    Rewriting history isn’t your thing.

    I have the receipts.

    Moving on…

    === No the legislature gave him and the people of Illinois the finger and said kiss off until we get a Democrat back in the office.===

    Yeah… explain how “the people” gave Rauner the worst electoral loss of an incumbent Republican Governor in 100 years.

    Seems like voters thought the finger as to Rauner, abd they agreed.

    Keep up, and let’s not try to rewrite a history I can refute, hopefully without laughing too hard.


  22. - 1st Ward - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:59 pm:

    The articles that i’ve seen on residential rent payments since EO’s and stay-at-home started is rents are being paid at the same rate as last year. These groups had a large bull horn at the end of March and April but the data currently isn’t supportive of their issue. It will be interesting to see if the data materially changes come September if the extension of $600 weekly payments does not occur.

    Personally think Congress should cap at pre-pandemic wages but no one should receive less than pre-pandemic employment wages. Not sure if this is possible or being discussed


  23. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 2:00 pm:

    Geez Arock, can you be any more of a victim? Sheesh.


  24. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 2:08 pm:

    That’s Republicans alright, obsessed about cutting the pay of low-income workers while unanimously protecting the richest at all costs from paying a modestly higher state income tax.


  25. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 2:09 pm:

    ===with his decision TO suspend existing law===

    He didn’t suspend it, he broke it. lol

    But, there are no penalties for violation, unless you think you can impeach him for it.


  26. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 2:39 pm:

    Gosh, JB broke the law by cancelling the fair. Methinks Bertha the cow and Pinky the porker will be filing a lawsuit any minute.


  27. - Shytown - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 3:19 pm:

    The idea of cancelling rent payments may be well intended, but it will end up hurting the wealthy. Most owners are regular people and that rent payment covers the mortgage and sometimes covers some or all income. If the Governor holds some magic power over banks and other lenders to compel them to pause mortgage payments then go for it, but that power just doesn’t exist unfortunately.


  28. - Shytown - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 3:20 pm:

    Sorry, correction: it won’t end up hurting the wealthy.


  29. - Chris Widger - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 4:36 pm:

    He has billions of dollars and sympathetic supermajorities in both houses he can promise favors to. If Pritzker doesn’t get something he wants, it’s a question of his desires, not political realities.


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