Campaign 2010

Jul 24, 2014

Springfield Insider Mike Bost Doubles Down on Attacking on the Minimum Wage

Longtime minimum wage opponent and Springfield insider Mike Bost has doubled down on his campaign to block a pay increase for hardworking Illinois families – because now Bost wants to actually lower the wage.

“Springfield insider Mike Bost can’t run away from the simple fact that if he had his way, Illinois would lower the minimum wage and take money out of the pockets of middle class families,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Mike Bost is in for a rude awakening if he thinks he can grab the perks and privileges of office in Springfield and then take away money from middle class families by reducing the minimum wage.”

BACKGROUND:

Bost Said the Minimum Wage would “Hurt the Middle Class.” In 2014 Bost said, “I know this might not be a popular statement, this is the way I feel. You cannot lift up the middle class by to continuing to have over burdensome regulations on the job creators. That’s one. Two, as they try to push forward with a minimum wage, that minimum wage will actually hurt the middle class.” [Bost Tele Town Hall, 7/16/14; Capitol Fax, 7/23/14]

  • Headline: Bost: “minimum wage will actually hurt the middle class” [Capitol Fax, 7/23/14]

Bost Said Illinois “Suffers” with a Higher Minimum Wage. In 2014 The Southern reported, “Bost said Illinois suffers with its higher minimum wage of $8.25 per hour compared to the federal level of $7.25 per hour. Jobs around the Illinois borders with neighboring states are lost because of the state's higher minimum wage level, he said. He said when the minimum wage level is raised, it hurts middle-class wage earners because the cost of living goes up. [The Southern, 5/21/14

Bost Said those on Minimum Wage have “Programs” to Help them. In 2014 Bost said: “Raising the minimum wage actually negatively affects the middle income families and should there be something, if the minimum wage is the primary income of the family, yes there is, there’s programs right now to help people through that time.” [WXAN FM, 4/24/14]

  • Bost Opposed Raising the Illinois Minimum Wage to $8.25 by 2010.  In 2006, Bost opposed and voted against raising the minimum wage to $8.25 by 2010 saying “We, once again, have chased business from Illinois.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/30/06; SB 1268, Vote #12, 11/29/06; Illinois AFL-CIO Voting Record, 2006 - 2007]