EFFINGHAM — Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has approved a resolution opposing Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed minimum wage increase.
According to a release by the chamber, s poll of its members found that 92% of those responding are against the proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour or more over the next three years, with future annual increases indexed to inflation. Senate bill 68 would increase the the wage by 50 cents per hour.
The release also states the bill would remove many of the current exemptions for agricultural workers, teenage laborers and wait staff, and would increase other employment insurance and taxes paid by businesses and withheld from employee paychecks.
Chamber President Norma Lansing noted that beyond support or opposition to the minimum wage increase, local businesses have outlined how the proposal would affect them.
“Local businesses have told us that among the consequences of higher minimum wages are increased product costs and reduced hiring opportunities, especially for lesser skilled workers,” Lansing said.