A new twist on the minimum wage debate emerged late last week with some wondering if a vote on the hike will be delayed until after the November election.
State Rep. Jay Hoffman has introduced an amendment in HB 4171 that would put a nonbinding, advisory referendum on the general election ballot in the fall.
If passed, voters would be asked to vote “yes” or “no” as to whether the State of Illinois should raise the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour in 2015, $10 per hour in 2016, and $10.65 per hour in 2017.
While the vote is simply advisory, putting it on the ballot would potentially drive people to the polls and, if it is successful, would give lawmakers political cover to support a wage hike bill in the Legislature.
NFIB opposes the referendum because it will not give voters both sides of the minimum wage debate thus not educating them as to what a wage hike could mean to the cost of products and services.