November 19, 2014
By Brendan Fischer
Democratic state legislators in Illinois are mulling an effort to thwart Chicago’s effort to raise its minimum wage, even as they raise the state wage above the national average. And the state National Restaurant Association affiliate is eating it up.
Efforts to “preempt” local governments from enacting a higher minimum wage is most closely associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which counts the National Restaurant Association among its members and has long pushed bills like the “Living Wage Preemption Act.” At ALEC’s meeting next month in Washington D.C., “Minimum Wage Preemption Policies” will be at the top of the agenda.