* The Pat Quinn campaign has rightly noted that Sen. Bill Brady recently announced support for a $2,000 annual pay cut for full time minimum wage employees…
Republican governor candidate Sen. Bill Brady today said he supports lowering Illinois’ minimum wage if he wins in November and the state rate remains higher than the federal one.
“For the state of Illinois to come in and micromanage wages above the federal minimum wage is a mistake,” Brady, a state senator from Bloomington, told reporters.
Illinois’ minimum wage will rise a quarter to $8.25 an hour on July 1, a dollar above the $7.25 federal minimum wage that took effect last July. […]
“When you try to over-manage the private sector, the private sector has choices, and they move, which is why the state of Illinois, under Blagojevich and Quinn, has lost nearly as many jobs as the state of Texas has gained,” Brady said.
Roeper weighs in…
I get Brady’s point — but I still don’t see how one can advocate lowering the minimum wage. According to the Living Wage Calculator, if you live in Cook County, you have to earn a minimum of $9.95 an hour to cover food, housing, transportation, etc. (That’s for one adult. For one adult with one child, the Living Wage is $18.13.)
* Not surprisingly, Brady skipped Chicago’s Pride Parade…
Shortly before Chicago’s annual Gay Pride Parade kicked off on Sunday, Republican state Sen. Bill Brady was gearing up for another event 40 miles west that commemorates the Swedish heritage of the Kane County suburb of Geneva.
“Well, this has been on our calendar a long time,” Brady said of his appearance at Geneva’s Swedish Day festival and parade. “The Swedish parade has got a long history and tradition and so we’re honored to be invited to be part of this.”
Asked by reporters if, as a social conservative, he would have marched in the Pride Parade, a celebration of gay rights, Brady responded: “I don’t know. I’d have to think about it. I didn’t even know the (Pride) Parade was going on today. It is? We’re here.”
* In other news, Gov. Quinn hinted that he’ll be taking some budget action soon…
Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday appeared resigned to dealing with the out-of-whack state budget lawmakers sent to him last month.
For weeks, the governor has been calling on the Democrat-controlled Senate to return to the Capitol to pass a $4 billion borrowing plan to make state worker pension payments. But with the new budget year set to start Thursday, there’s no sign of that happening.
“They didn’t want to make any cuts whatsoever,” Quinn said, while speaking to reporters at ithe Center on Halsted in Lakeview, where he signed a bill requiring high school social workers to undergo suicide prevention training. “They basically said the governor of Illinois will have to make all the decisions regarding health care, education, public safety, and they gave me a lump-sum budget.”
* And Brady chided Quinn for offering up a weak excuse…
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady said Friday that if antiquated computers are to blame for escaped parolees, Gov. Pat Quinn should have ordered a prison-system technology upgrade before he released criminals early last fall.
Brady criticized Quinn for a “consistent blame game” regarding the “MGT Push” program, in which more than 1,700 criminals — hundreds of them violent — were secretly freed weeks early.
* Brady also defended Mark Kirk…
GOP nominee for governor Bill Brady defended his party’s U.S. Senate nominee Friday, saying that suburban congressman Mark Kirk has served his country honorably despite the recent revelations he had embellished his military record.
“At the end of the day, Congressman Kirk’s military service is honorable and you can’t take that away from him,” Brady said in response to a question from reporters after his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars statewide convention in Springfield.
* Related and a roundup…
* Bob Dold Thinks The Rules Don’t Apply to Him: Lo and behold, simultaneous to all of this happening in the virtual world Mr. Dold had boxes and boxes full of flyers printed up in the real world showing the exact same Trib logo with the same endorsement quote as he had on his site, then removed from his site, then put back on his site albeit with caveats. Problem is he’s using these Tribune-laden flyers for the general election — handing them out at train stations, ice cream shops, etc. in recent days — and the print-version Trib “endorsement” quote does not clarify that their nod came back in January during the primary:
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