It's sparked a lot of talk across Illinois recently...the push to raise the state's minimum wage. Now that lawmakers are back from holiday break, it's one of their top priorities.
The vote calls for raising the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour.
Small businesses in the area say while it may sound good to employees, it would end up hurting their bottom line.
Increasing minimum wage by $1.75 an hour would cost a business higher unemployment taxes, higher workman's comp rates and higher payroll taxes which business owners say would be passed on to the customer.
A gas station employee in Quincy who is trying to support herself and her child says that the raise in pay would definitely help with bills and other expenses.
However, others say that people need to think about the long term effects.
"It's always showed that whenever you raise the minimum rate, everything increases, your cost of living goes up. So, it's really a catch 22...you're back to the same position you were prior to the rate increase," said Katrina Albert, sales employee at Bergman Nurseries.
If you are a non-minimum wage employee, this could affect you as well. If the cost of living goes up, and you're on a fixed income, that means more money out of your pocket.
If it passes, it would give Illinois the highest minimum wage in the country.
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