Our position has been that employment of immigrants is a federal issue, and it deserves a federal response. But if the federal government doesn't act, you're going to see the states try to fill the void.
Now that we're pretty flush with money we believe it's time to repair some of those cracks in our budgetary foundation so we have a good solid footing to go forward.
Since we are on the front lines and have undocumented workers, it (legislation) will point the way for businesses to come here. They will not have to worry about a potential illegal workforce. They will have a legal workforce.
We know it will be an uphill battle. Establishing a state minimum wage higher than the federal wage will actually hurt job creation and the very people it's supposed to help, the entry-level workers.
We have always expected that the time was coming very soon when (the federal government) would begin greater enforcement.