SPRINGFIELD. . .Today the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 an hour statewide. The proposal, SB1, would be gradually enacted over the next six years with the first increase taking effect on January 1, 2020.

State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) opposed the increase, and released the following statement regarding today’s vote on SB1.

“The lack of discussion and negotiation on this extremely dramatic change in policy is concerning. This is not a bipartisan piece of legislation, yet the effects of this proposal will impact small businesses and families in the entire state. For businesses that are already struggling to stay in Illinois, this increase will be detrimental to the cost of doing business. Some employees will benefit from this change, but more would be hurt, which is why I could not in good faith support this bill. Expect businesses to either close their doors altogether, cut employee hours, and/or find ways to automate—all of which would be detrimental to those who depend on these jobs. The best way to improve the livelihoods of all Illinoisans is to encourage a growing Illinois economy.”

SB1 ultimately passed with 69 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill and 47 opposed to the measure.


Check out The Morrison Report for updates on important topics discussed in Springfield this week, including: the $15 minimum wage, a proposed income tax increase, my committee assignments and more:

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) announces his committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly.

Representative Morrison was named the Republican Spokesperson for two key House Committees: Appropriations-General Services, and Elementary and Secondary Education: Administration, License and Charter School.

Morrison has spent three terms serving on the Appropriations—General Services Committee and is eager to return this year as the Caucus’ Spokesperson.

“I am looking forward to continuing my leadership role in Appropriations—General Services,” said Morrison. “I am ready to work with my colleagues to review critical areas of state spending. With Illinois’ fiscal condition becoming an even bigger problem every year, our committee will have an important work load to help get our budget back on track.”

Representative Morrison will be returning as the Republican Spokesperson for the committee that handles charter schools. As a former educator, the Representative is excited to accept a leadership role on the Elementary and Secondary Education: Administration, License and Charter School Committee. “Ensuring all Illinois residents have access to quality education is essential to our long term success as a state. I look forward to leading meaningful discussions to help make this a reality,” said Morrison.

Morrison is also assigned to the Personnel and Pensions, Insurance, Energy and Environment, and Human Services Committees.