TMA Calls on Governor to Veto ‘Job-Killing’ Bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

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The Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto an Illinois House bill that would hike the state minimum wage 82 percent by 22 percent.

TMA, based in Schaumburg with nearly 1,000 members, calls the bill job-killing. The bill passed the House Tuesday despite strong opposition by TMA and job creators across the state.

The not-for-profit organization, in a statement attributed to Dennis LaComb, TMA director of government relations, said “Once again Springfield put politics ahead of growing our stagnant economy.”

“These politicians, many of whom have never created a job or signed the front of a paycheck, have further increased costs on Illinois manufacturers at a time when they are already subject to some of the highest taxes and regulatory costs in the country,” stressed LaComb.

“These men and women are working tirelessly to bring back manufacturing, and at every turn Springfield politicians are doing their best to thwart their efforts,” he added.

According to TMA, after Cook County passed similar mandates on county businesses, one-third of the municipalities in the county have opted out despite protests from certain groups and pressure from Cook County politicians.

Pointing out that “jobs are the priority for the unemployed and under-employed,” TMA held that “mandating a one-size-fits-all minimum wage is not the way to encourage employers to expand or locate in Illinois.”

“We urge Gov. Rauner to veto this job-killing legislation and turn the focus to supporting our job creators so we can rebuild our manufacturing sector,” it said.

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