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Quinn's minimum wage push concerns Quincy business community


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proposed raising Illinois' minimum wage. In Wednesday's State of the State address, he proposed raising the amount from $8.25 to $10 an hour.

His reasoning? He says, "nobody should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty."

(See "Quinn calls for job creation, spending cuts")

While minimum wage workers might be cheering on a pay raise, Quincy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Looten says it would make doing business in Illinois more difficult.

Looten says Illinois already has a very high minimum wage, and raising it to $10 an hour would make Illinois the state with the highest minimum wage in the country.

Looten says this change would make it harder on businesses to budget out for workers, forcing some to close, or at very least raise the prices of their goods. "I think that you're going to see that they're going to have to pass some of those costs on to the consumer through the cost of their products," she said.

(See "Illinois merchants against raising minimum wage")

Some business owners said a possible minimum wage hike would change the staffing decisions they made. "Hiring another delivery person or someone who helps by coming in during the day to help clean the flowers and the other things we do around here - I could think - oh, you know what? I don't need to have anyone else - we'll just make do," said Susan Loethen with Blumin' Express.

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