“As the cost of living continues to rise, it’s important that working men and women have an opportunity to earn a fair wage so they can provide for their families,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “The majority of individuals earning minimum wage are full-time workers, many of whom are parents supporting their children. This measure will help families who are struggling to make ends meet as they pay for everyday essentials like food, health care and education.”
Gong-Gershowitz supported Senate Bill 1, gradually increasing the state minimum wage over the next five years to rate of $15 per hour while providing new tax credits for small and medium-sized businesses. Once fully implemented, the measure is expected to generate $19 billion in new economic activity each year and will provide tax relief to over 80 percent of businesses statewide.
“This bill also makes an investment in our local communities, allowing families to reinvest their earnings back into our economy,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “When workers earn higher wages, consumer spending increases, providing more money to our local retailers and small businesses. This measure provides long term economic stability for working families and our local communities.”
Gong-Gershowitz represents the 17th House District which includes portions of Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Skokie and Wilmette.