The president of Southern Illinois University says the school can’t afford an increase in the state’s minimum wage. SIU President Glenn Poshard told the Illinois House Appropriations Committee on Higher Education that raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour would force the already cash-strapped university to cut back even more, and not just on jobs for students.
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“There’s a number of civil service positions that pay an hourly rate less than $10 an hour, including child care assistants, grill cooks, cash register operators, clerical assistants, and so on,” he testified. Poshard says student workers on the Carbondale campus already make $8.50 per hour, 25 cents more than the current minimum wage. He claims increasing wages by $1.50 per hour would cost the university an extra $2 million annually.