State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) is blasting his opponent in the race for Illinois Treasurer, State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), for failing to vote on the minimum wage referendum in the House on Tuesday.
Cross was one of three House members to “not vote” during the roll call for HB3814.
“I am disappointed that Representative Tom Cross couldn’t bring himself to vote to raise the Illinois minimum wage for the third time in his legislative career,” Frerichs said in a statement. “In 2003 (SB600), 2006 (SB1268), and now 2014 (HB3814), Tom Cross has opposed a common sense measure that benefits 1.1 million Illinois workers, pumps tens of millions of dollars into our state’s economy, and ensures that an honest day’s work leads to an honest day’s wage.
“The voters of Illinois deserve to know if their next Treasurer will support the working people of this state. Will Tom Cross continue his opposition to raising the minimum wage as he has for the past 11 years, or will he finally stand up and fight for working families just trying to make ends meet?”
The Frerichs camp has started a petition calling on Cross to take a stance in support of a minimum wage increase in Illinois.
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