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SPRINGFIELD….State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) released the following statement after the minimum wage proposal, SB1, passed the General Assembly:

“I believe Senate Bill 1 will be not only be ineffective – but detrimental – to the very people it is intended to help. My colleagues in the 101st General Assembly need to work together and govern.  Today neither of those things happened.  We need to address our income inequality with regional input and consideration,” said Rep McCombie. “We should be investing these dollars to bridge the gap that would lift people up and out of the entry-level positions. The majority passed a partisan non-negotiated spending bill that is by far the largest unfunded mandate on small businesses and communities in the Nation.” 

The $15 minimum wage will be detrimental to not only area businesses, but non-profits, government entities and taxpayers:

  • According to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, 82% of the members oppose raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and 86% of members believe raising the minimum wage would have a negative impact on their business;
  • Local non-profits, have reached out saying they would have to shut down or greatly reduce services;
    • Non-profits do not benefit from the tax credit either;
  • Schools and local governments have reached out to say summer jobs would be the first cuts – hurting students looking for summer work, and low skilled workers looking to break into the workforce;
  • In 2025, the budgetary costs will increase to $1.1 billion in direct wages, annually;
  • Nursing homes will need to have an increase of $1.5 billion Medicaid reimbursement costs;
  • The State University System estimates over $100 million in increased costs annually - something neither the state, universities, or students can afford: 
    • Western Illinois University: $4.4 million
    • Augustana College: $2.6 million
  • The Community College system would see similar budgetary impacts:
    • Black Hawk College: approximately $2.5Mil over the 6 years, with a recurring cost of $750,000 per year thereafter. 
    • Highland Community College: $400,000
“The Governor’s Office estimates the cost to fully implement a $15 minimum wage at more than a BILLION dollars. A billion dollar cost estimate which leaves out the massive costs to our local businesses, our hospitals & nursing homes, our schools, our municipalities, our park districts, our most vulnerable and our seniors,” said Rep. McCombie. “We cannot afford this as a state, and our communities cannot afford to pay for another unfunded mandate either.”

Under Senate Bill 1, the minimum wage will increase from $8.25 per hour to $15 per hour over the next 5 years. The Speaker will send SB1 to Governor JB Pritzker’s desk, and he has promised to quickly to sign it into law.

Gov. Pritzker is scheduled to give his annual budget address next week on Wednesday, February 20th.
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Illinois House committees hold first hearings of new session. Much of the session work of this week was spent in organizing the 39 standing committees of the Illinois House of Representatives. These are the panels that will hear almost all of the legislation introduced in the House through January 2021. Many of the committees, such as the House Committee on Labor and Commerce and the House Committee on Personnel and Pensions, took prompt action to set up subcommittees from the members appointed to their membership.

This week, I announced my committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly: It’s an honor to serve on these committees as I advocate for the people of our district. I am very pleased with my appointments. I am already reaching across the aisle and regions to discuss pending legislation assigned to my committees. I will use my voice to advocate for policies that will foster economic growth through infrastructure investments and economic reforms, reduce the impact of unfunded mandates on our schools, and truly reform our criminal justice system. My committee assignments are below:
  • Elem Sec Ed: School Curriculum Policies 
  • Judiciary: Criminal 
  • Transportation: Regulation, Roads 
  • Economic Opportunity & Equity 
  • Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT 
As the legislative session progresses if you see a bill in these committees that you want me to be aware of, please reach out so, so I can be your voice, and advocate for or fix a bill before it reaches the floor for a full vote!

Additionally, on Friday, February 1, Minority Leader Jim Durkin (IL–82nd) appointed me to the Illinois State Legislative Audit Commission.

Minimum wage legislation. The Illinois State Senate voted on, and passed, Senate Bill 1, on Thursday. The legislation would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 per hour next year, and gradually increase it to $15 per hour by 2025. Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25 has stood since 2010, even as Chicago and Cook County have raised theirs. Senate Bill 1 now moves to the State House to be voted on or amended, before it can move on to Gov. Pritzker’s desk. Some top Democrat official, including the Pritzker, indicated that they do not intend to amend the bill, according to the Chicago Tribune.

According to the Governor's Office it’s estimated the net cost to the state will be about $62 million the first fiscal year and about $220 million for a full year. Then in 2025, the budgetary costs will increase to $1.1 billion in direct wages, annually. There is no proposal to pay for this cost. The 82% increase included in this proposal is expected to not only take a massive toll on small and local businesses, but non-profits, universities, nursing homes and government agencies will also see major impacts.

Additionally, according to Governor Pritzker’s own numbers: Nursing homes will have a $1.5 billion increase in Medicaid reimbursement costs from the state. The State University System estimates over $100 million in increased costs annually - something neither the state, universities, nor students can afford:
  • University of Illinois: $73.5 million 
  • Southern Illinois University: $7.0 million 
  • Illinois State University: $7.5 million
  • Northern Illinois University: $12 million
I believe Senate Bill 1 will be ineffective and detrimental to the very people it is intended to help. Instead, Illinois needs to concentrate on bridging the gap from entry-level jobs to more skilled positions by investing in our workforce and our businesses. Iowa’s population is rising. Illinois’ is falling. It’s due to our State’s inability to create and promote jobs – not the cold weather.

We need to spend our legislative efforts on growth, so small businesses that believe in Illinois can start, grow, and expand on this side of the Mississippi River. Unfunded mandates on our local governments and business community are destroying the local economy. In fact, our current regulations, the workers comp costs, the high tax burdens, and the unpredictability of State Legislature is currently inhibiting wage growth; we shouldn't be doubling down on those failed policies.

Thank you. As the legislative session progresses if I can assist you in any way please do not hesitate to call my Savanna office (815) 632-7384 or contact me online at RepMcCombie.com.
Rep. McCombie visited the Morrison Institute of Technology. The Morrison Chamber of Commerce hosted the Ribbon Cutting and a tour their new Innovation Center. This new center will help foster creativity between students and faculty - and give students an array of experiences they can take beyond the classroom. New and old technology will be present in the facility in order to help students learn. There is a place for all students in this facility to learn, no matter their area of study, such as manufacturing, electronics, and creativity.  Learn more about Morrison Tech at their website: https://www.morrisontech.edu/

While I was in Springfield, my office visited Tampico, Ronald Reagan's birthplace for the celebration of his birthday on February 6th!! They served cake for his birthday and had tours available. The Tampico historical society does a great job honoring our 40th president, not only on his birthday, but year round. Visit tampicohistoricalsociety.com

My office also attended the Whiteside County Healthy Partnership Announcement. This is a huge deal for Whiteside County. According to Saukvalley.com, "Only 15 counties nationwide are selected for the study each year. In collaboration with the Whiteside County Health Department and other local agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send a team of about 40 to interview and physically exam selected county residents of all ages, races and genders." 

Read more about the announcement and how it will benefit Whiteside County at SaukValley.com: https://www.saukvalley.com/2019/02/05/local-residents-can-help-track-national-issues/ahfq5lc/
Today State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71st) announced her committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly:

“It’s an honor to serve on these committees as I advocate for the people of our district. I am very pleased with my appointments. I am already reaching across the aisle and regions to discuss pending legislation assigned to my committees,” said Rep. McCombie. “I will use my voice to advocate for policies that will foster economic growth through infrastructure investments and economic reforms, reduce the impact of unfunded mandates on our schools, and truly reform our criminal justice sytem."
  • Elem Sec Ed: School Curriculum Policies 
  • Judiciary: Criminal 
  • Transportation: Regulation, Roads 
  • Economic Opportunity & Equity 
  • Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT 
Additionally, on Friday, February 1, Minority Leader Jim Durkin (IL–82nd) appointed McCombie to the Illinois State Legislative Audit Commission.

As the legislative session progresses if I can assist you in any way please do not hesitate to call my Savanna office (815) 632-7384 or contact me online at RepMcCombie.com.











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Minority Leader Jim Durkin (IL-82nd) appointed State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) to the Illinois State Legislative Audit Commission along with Republican Representatives Mark Batinick of Plainfield and Randy Frese of Quincy.

"This is a perfect opportunity for me to bring accountability to our State's spending and identify areas where we can save our taxpayers' money," said Rep. McCombie. "With recent tax increases implemented and additional tax increases being proposed by the majority, it is vitally important that we ensure spending follows State statutes and that the taxes we pay are efficiently being utilized."

The Legislative Audit Commission is responsible for the oversight of the State Audit Program. It is charged with reviewing of the stewardship of public funds and monitoring corrective actions disclosed by state agency audits. The Commission is bipartisan and bicameral with three members appointed from each caucus. It is co-chaired by one Democrat and one Republican. The Legislative Audit Commission is mandated by law (25 ILCS 150/0.01-0.06) to review all audits conducted by the State Auditor General Frank Mautino.

Primary responsibilities of the Commission are:

  • Public hearings on all major audits of State agencies to review problems, assess agency stewardship, and secure remedial action.
  • Initiation and review of management and program audits and investigations.
  • Make recommendations to the General Assembly and agency management for corrective legislation and other measures to remedy weaknesses disclosed through audits or at Commission hearings.
  • Monitoring agency progress in implementing corrective action.

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