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SIU President Says They Can’t Afford Higher Minimum Wage

University officials say raising the minimum wage in Illinois to ten-bucks-an-hour will take a nice chunk out of their annual budgets.  

Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says they’re already dishing out millions in student wages.

Poshard says most student workers are earning eight-50-an-hour, which is a quarter higher than the minimum wage.  

He says increasing the wage to ten-dollars would cost the Carbondale campus another two-million-dollars-a-year.  

The Edwardsville campus would be out of an extra one-point-two-million-dollars-a year.