Berrios Supports Raising Minimum Wage
February 26th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Maria A. “Toni” Berrios, D-Chicago, is sponsoring House Bill 3718, which would raise the minimum wage for workers across the state this year.
“The reason for having a minimum wage is to allow for a safety net for all workers. It’s purpose is to formulate a basis of quality of life,” Berrios said. “It is a disservice to our society when thousands of workers are working full-time hours, but are still living well bellow the poverty line.”
House Bill 3718 would amend the Minimum Wage Law. If passed, the proposed bill will steadily increase the minimum wage incrementally to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016.
“The Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 has not been altered since 2010, while the cost of living continues to spike upward.” Berrios said. “This increase in pay will put more money in the pockets of working families, allow them to help stimulate the economy with the additional income, and allow for some to no longer need to rely on support services.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Berrios’ constituent service office at (773) 736-3939 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org