Rauner vetoes minimum wage hike, workers comp reform

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan to increase Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 over five years.

The state’s minimum wage is $8.25. The proposal would raise it incrementally until 2022. The plan also includes a tax credit for some small businesses.

Proponents say it’s the best chance to raise wages and improve living conditions for many Illinoisans. Opponents include business groups who say it’ll have an adverse impact on job creators.

In his veto message issued Friday, the Republican governor says Illinois needs comprehensive solutions to grow the economy and jobs.

He’s previously said he’d support a minimum wage increase in conjunction with other regulatory changes.

One bill sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi of Chicago, says he’ll seek an override of Rauner’s veto.

• In another Friday move, Rauner vetoed a workers compensation measure that requires insurance companies to get state approval for the rates they chart.

The Republican rejected the measure on Friday, saying it doesn’t go far enough and doesn’t address competitive disadvantages that are resulting from the disappearance of jobs in the manufacturing sector. In his veto message he says the plan doesn’t represent “real reform”

Rauner has pushed for workers compensation changes since he took office in 2015.

Democrats had said that the measure addressed some of Rauner’s demands and the plan showed that they’re willing to take up some of the governor’s agenda.

–Associated Press

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