State News
6:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

SIU president against hike in minimum wage

SIU president, Glenn Poshard, says school can't afford minimum wage increase.
The president of Southern Illinois University says the school cannot afford an increase in the minimum wage. Governor Pat Quinn and other Democrats have made the issue a priority this election year.

SIU president Glenn Poshard says student workers on the Carbondale campus already earn eight dollars and fifty cents an hour, a quarter more than the state's minimum wage.

"Increasing the minimum wage to ten dollars per hour, which would be an 18 percent increase, would result in additional total cost of approximately $2 million per fiscal year."

Poshard was in the Capitol Thursday testifying at a budget hearing. He says SIU has struggled to cope with cuts in state funding for higher education.