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Quinn Stakes Out Minimum Wage as Campaign Ground

Quinn Stakes Out Minimum Wage as Campaign Ground

Whether the state should raise the minimum wage will be a big issue in the governor’s race.

Bruce Rauner has shifted his position on an increase after once calling for it to be lowered by $1 to $7.25 to match the national rate. Rauner now says he’d support either the national or state minimum wage going up, if coupled with what he calls pro-business reforms.

“Workers’ comp reform, tax reform, tort reform that’ll help small to midsize businesses so they can afford to pay a higher minimum wage,” Rauner said.

Gov. Pat Quinn is focusing on Rauner’s original stance.

“And everybody knows that’s not right. That really is heartless, and I think everybody in Illinois knows that,” Quinn said.

Quinn has called for the minimum wage to be raised to at least $10 per hour by the end of the year. A bill that would eventually raise it to $10.65 advanced through a Senate committee Thursday, but no floor vote has been scheduled.

 

 

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