* Gov. Quinn was asked today about how the minimum wage challenge was going for him…
Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. […]
Quinn told reporters Tuesday that he’s opted for water instead of iced tea while eating out. He made the comments after talking to Chicago students returning to school for the first day of classes. […]
Quinn says he’ll spend $79 this week on food and other expenses. His campaign says that’s the estimated amount left for minimum wage workers after transportation and housing costs.
State Sen. Bill Brady, who ran against Quinn in 2010, calls it a publicity stunt.
“Frankly, it kind of mocks the struggles those who are living on minimum wage are dealing with,” Brady said. “It defers the attention that really needs to be focused on creating good paying, career-oriented jobs. That’s what we’re about.”
This is merely a simulated experience. Quinn won’t have to constantly fret this week about paying his rent, or making his car payment, or buying school clothes for his kids, or keeping his phone and electricity turned on, or paying for a dentist to deal with an other-worldly toothache, or the myriad other soul-crushing emergencies that the working poor deal with every single day.
If the governor talked more about those realities, I’d be more inclined to say this isn’t a stunt.
* Quinn did talk about the policy importance of the minimum wage today, but it was the same old lines he’s been using…