The idea of a national minimum wage has long been an important topic among Democratic lawmakers. A number of blue states have passed bills allowing for a $15 minimum wage, but that legislation has been difficult to push through on a federal level.
Illinois has long had issues filling a state-wide teacher shortage and has been looking for different ways to fix the issue. The Illinois State Board of Education reported that over 1,800 teaching positions were unfilled during the previous school year. In an effort to attract new candidates for these positions, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation that would make the teacher minimum wage $40,000.
The hope is that the bill will go into effect at the start of the 2023 school year. Prtizker explained on Twitter, “In signing this legislation, we’re addressing our teacher shortage and gradually putting teachers on track to make at least $40,000 a year by the first day of school in 2023.”
In signing this legislation, we’re addressing our teacher shortage and gradually putting teachers on track to make at least $40,000 a year by the first day of school in 2023. pic.twitter.com/a2tHJGohXG
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) August 22, 2019
The Illinois governor continued, “As Illinois children head back to school this week and next, this new law says to them and their parents loud and clear: we value teachers. To teachers all across Illinois: I see the care and compassion you put into your work, and I’m proud to help make sure you earn what you’re worth.”
This legislation had previously been passed on a state level, but was vetoed by former governor Bruce Rauner. The Republican said he had vetoed the legislation, “because the minimum pay is an inefficient way to compensate teachers and is an unfunded mandate on school districts. “
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