State Senator Iris Y Martinez (D-Chicago) is co-sponsoring a measure that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $2.40 over the next four years. Read the release after the jump.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10. 2011

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Martinez Seeks To Increase Minimum Wage

Springfield, IL –State Senator Iris Y Martinez (D-Chicago) is co-sponsoring a measure that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $2.40 over the next four years. The legislation is intended to improve the income of hardworking minimum wage-earners throughout Illinois.

“The working people of Illinois struggle to make ends meet,” Martinez said. “It is nearly impossible to raise a family and have the basic needs on the current minimum wage.” Martinez said.

 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal poverty line is just above $10,000, and under the current Illinois minimum wage, a full-time worker would make $16,500 per year. Under the new law, he or she would make $21,500.

Senate Bill 1565 keeps the minimum wage constant with inflation. One goal of increasing the minimum wage is to amplify consumer spending.

 Most importantly, Martinez says, “This measure will put more Illinoisans above the poverty line and reduce the need for government assistance, causing the state to save more money.”

“With so many families facing ominous conditions as a result of the national economic recession, there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for this increase to go into effect,” Martinez added. “People in Illinois, both minimum wage earners and others, have shown overwhelming support for increasing the minimum wage. Look forward to working with all interested parties to move this legislation forward and make an increase to minimum wage a reality for our hard working families.”


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