The state already is set to raise the minimum hourly wage and now a plan to raise the starting wage for teachers.
The House approved a measure to bring starting teacher pay to $40,000 over the next five years. The state last set a minimum starting wage in the 1980s and it hovers around $11,000. Republican Rep. Avery Bourne says the state is offering up unfunded mandate.
Supporters in the house say it will help with a shortage of teachers. The bill heads to the Senate. Last year a similar law was vetoed by then Governor Bruce Rauner.