Campaign 2010

Jan 14, 2014

If Bruce Rauner Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage Now, He Can’t Count on Meltdown Mike Bost

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner – struggling to recover from the firestorm about his comments on the minimum wage – said he now wants to raise the federal minimum wage. But if Rauner really believes that, he’d better call his fellow Republican, Representative Mike Bost, who opposes raising the minimum wage.

“There’s no more classic case of wrong priorities than Meltdown Mike Bost’s refusal to support raising the minimum wage,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Illinois’ middle class families will be furious with Meltdown Mike Bost when they learn he’s standing with the Tea Party’s reckless agenda that would stack the deck for their special interest donors and leave hardworking families out in the cold.”

BACKGROUND:

Bost Opposed Raising the Illinois Minimum Wage to $8.25 by 2010.  In 2006, Bost opposed and voted against raising the minimum wage to $8.25 by 2010 saying “We, once again, have chased business from Illinois.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/30/06; SB 1268, Vote #12, 11/29/06; Illinois AFL-CIO Voting Record, 2006 - 2007]

Bost was Skeptical of Plan to Raise Illinois’s Minimum Wage to $10. In 2013, Bost was reported to be skeptical of Governor Quinn’s plan to raise the Illinois minimum wage to $10 over the course of four years.  “We have to compete with the states around us,” said Bost. [Herald-Review, 2/7/13]

PPP: Illinois Voters Want to Raise Minimum Wage. In December, Public Policy Polling reported: “As we're finding most places Illinois voters strongly support raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. 58% support such a move to only 34% who oppose it. The concept has overwhelming support from Democrats (77/19) and independents (57/30), and even 34% of Republicans favor it.” [Public Policy Polling, 12/03/13]

Economic Policy Institute: Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit as Many as 30 Million Americans, Generate 140,000 New Jobs. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2015, would raise the wages of about 30 million workers, who would receive over $51 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period. […] Across the phase-in period of the minimum-wage increase, GDP would increase by roughly $32.6 billion, resulting in the creation of approximately 140,000 net new jobs (and 284,000 job years) over that period.” [Economic Policy Institute, 3/13/13]

Wall Street Journal: “Americans Strongly Favor Boosting the Federal Minimum Wage.” In 2013 the Wall Street Journal reported: “Americans strongly favor boosting the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour but oppose raising it above that, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. In the survey, 63% supported a rise to $10.10 from the current $7.25 rate. Senate Democrats have proposed an increase of that size and it is supported by President Barack Obama.” [Wall Street Journal12/11/13]