Chesney Opposes Minimum Wage Increase, “No wage will be high enough if jobs are siphoned over our borders”

State Representative Andrew Chesney issued the following statement following today’s vote to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $15/hour by 2025:

“We live near Wisconsin and near Iowa in Northwest Illinois.  Both have a minimum wage of $7.25/hour.  This increase will lead to job losses among low-wage workers.  No wage will be high enough if the jobs are siphoned over our borders.  Some businesses, especially in rural areas, will be forced to cut their workforce or go out of business because of this move.  Costs to local governments to implement this plan will end up being another hit to overburdened taxpayers when these costs are passed along as well.  There is no way I can support this kind of damage to our jobs climate,” Chesney responded after voting NO on Senate Bill 1.

The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly is comprised of 74 Democrats and 44 Republicans.  Senate Bill 1 passed the Illinois House on a vote of 69-47.