U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week, calling for an increase in the minimum wage to help put more money into the pockets of Illinois working families and to help level the playing field for Illinois small businesses.
In Illinois alone, more than 1.1 million people, or 20 percent of the workforce, could benefit from an increase in the minimum wage Busos said. Increasing the minimum wage could also lead to an $860 million economic impact in Illinois.
Bustos called on House Speaker John Boehner to bring the bill to raise the minimum wage up for a vote.
“I rise to talk about the urgent need to raise the minimum wage for hardworking Americans struggling to get by,” Bustos said to the House. “Currently, our state’s small businesses are at a competitive disadvantage due to the neighboring states of Iowa and Wisconsin having a minimum wage lower than Illinois’. Raising the federal minimum wage could help level this playing field and make the small businesses across my region stronger.”