Officials at Illinois’ public universities worry that an increase in the minimum wage could hit their already tight budgets.
State Sen. Kim Lightford has sponsored a bill that would raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10.
But at Southern Illinois University President Glen Poshard tells the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers that will cost the school $3.2 million a year in additional wages. And that comes at a time when the Illinois General Assembly could be considering cuts in money for higher education.
Illinois State University officials say raising the minimum wage could cost their school about $1.6 million. More than 4,000 student workers there currently earn the minimum wage.
Lightford is a Maywood Democrat. She says the current minimum wage just isn’t enough. (AP)