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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 6, June 2012, Posted On: 6/5/2012

IL Minimum Wage Plan Threatens Small Business

Tim Sanford
vending, vending business, Illinois State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, Illinois minimum wage, SB 1565, National Automatic Merchandising Association, small business news

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- A proposal by Illinois State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) to increase the state's minimum wage has passed out of committee and is now under consideration on the floor of the Senate.

The measure, SB 1565, would require a minimum wage with purchasing power equivalent to that of 1968. This would be attained by increasing the mandatory wage by 50ยข a year, plus adjustments for inflation, to a final requirement of just over $10 per hour. The state's minimum wage for adults is now $8.25.

According to a legislative bulletin issued by the National Automatic Merchandising Association, the bill also would eliminate the distinction between tipped and untipped employees, and between employees of different ages. The objective is to mandate that all non-family-member employees receive at least the minimum wage.

NAMA points out that this measure would have a severe impact on small businesses, and urges all members in Illinois to contact their state senators, express their concern and request them to vote no on SB 1565.

Information may be had from NAMA government affairs senior manager Kim Radulski.

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