The measures, known as IL 3 and IL 4, would force employers to provide a minimum number of paid sick days and raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, respectively. Both are moves that would hurt individuals seeking to find jobs and small business owners already burdened with state mandates that impact their ability to operate successfully, Colbeck said.
“Growing up, I recall reading the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It is evident from today’s vote that Democrat legislators have become adept at replicating Tom Sawyer’s ability to get others to paint their fences for them,” said Sen. Colbeck, R-Canton. “Rather than challenge the merits of the proposed minimum wage and paid sick leave proposals, members passed ‘Republican’ versions of these ballot proposals to avoid having the ostensibly more onerous versions proposed by Democrats on the ballot this fall. We need to start opposing policies detrimental to the economic prosperity of our state by clearly stating why they are bad rather than rely upon procedural tactics. Our citizens deserve robust policy debates that allow voters to better understand the pros and cons of pending legislation.”
Both measures passed the Senate on a vote of 24-13, and now go before the House. You can listen to the senator’s “no vote” explanation by clicking here.