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Bruce Rauner clings to being 'adamantly' opposed to raising of the minimum wage

Depending on the day of the week, Bruce Rauner's stand on the issue of the minimum wage shifts from "adamantly against" to giving qualified support to "$10 per hour" and then to cutting it $1 an hour to the federal level of $7.25 per hour. Yesterday was Tuesday, so of course, that was the day for Rauner to be against the minimum wage, as he told Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun Times, that even if the voters even if a "a majority of voters say they support an increase in Illinois’ minimum wage, it should not be enacted." Instead, Rauner wants a series of "unspecified" pro-business reforms before enacting a higher minimum.

Bruce Rauner solidifies opposition to minimum wage hike without "unspecified" business reforms.
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On Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure that would put a question on the November ballot asking voters whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased.

Rauner said his position hasn’t changed. Quinn's chief campaign strategist, Bill Hyers, calls it "his ever-changing explanations about opposing the minimum wage."

"It’s heartless," said Brooke Anderson, Quinn's chief campaign spokesperson. "Sadly, it looks like nothing has changed except that Rauner is now trying to make his opposition to raising the minimum wage more politically palatable."

He said on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Forum hosted by the Ford County GOP at Railside Golf Course in Gibson City, Illinois, that he is "adamantly, adamantly against raising the minimum wage." Rauner added that "My view is we already have the second highest unemployment in America. We already have an outrageously high unemployment rate among low-income, poor minority kids in Chicago, in Rockford, in Peoria and East St. Louis. And raising the minimum wage is just going to blow them out and take away their jobs." Rauner said in that video that caused a firestorm for Rauner back then.

This is the same Bruce Rauner who tries to portray himself as a "regular guy" by wearing Carthart jackets and cheap watches, who in actuality is the "Mitt Romney of Illinois politics."

Bruce Rauner, the Mitt Romney of Illinois politics, cannot seem to firmly settle on a "minimum wage" position. Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois, and struggled with the issue during the Republican primary in which he barely won over state senator kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, Illinois.

One day he wants the minimum wage "lowered."

The very next day he wants the minimum wage "raised."

Still another day, his campaign spokesperson promises he will be more "thoughtful" on the issue of the minimum wage.

A video of a Dec. 11 candidate’s forum in the Quad Cities by public-television station quoted Rauner saying he would "advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum. I think we need to be competitive here in Illinois."

The video showed that Rauner wants to lower the "minimum wage" in Illinois from its current $8.25 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The next day Rauner wants to raise the "minimum wage in Illinois to $10.00 an hour.

The fallout from the Dec. 11 video forced Rauner to retreat from his position of "lowering" the minimum wage, to a new position, indicating he is open to "raising" the minimum wage.

Rauner said in response to the hoopla caused by the minimum wage issue, that he made a "mistake."

"I was flippant, made a mistake, made a comment without thoroughly explaining my views," Rauner was quoted as telling The Associated Press. "I didn’t use careful language."

Rauner has repeatedly said, "Let’s be clear: The right answer to raised wages is a booming economy with employers competing to hire people and having our young people well educated and well trained."

He is the "Mitt Romney of Illinois politics" for no reason.

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