A minimum wage hike sounds good on the surface, but business leaders say it’ll put more people in the unemployment line.  David Vite, with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, says the state can’t afford to boost the minimum wage because its unemployment rate is nine-point-two-percent, the second highest in the nation. 

More than anything, Vite says government leaders need to be looking for ways to make the business climate more competitive with neighboring states like Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  He says those are the places people will flock to if they keep losing their jobs here in Illinois. 


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