BLOOMINGTON - In an interview with Robert Rees on Bloomington Cities 92.9FM Friday morning, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner touched on three topics of interest to Republican voters: minimum wage, marijuana and abortion.
Rauner's Friday morning comments seemed to sway back slightly to his original position when he said raising Illinois' minimum wage would hurt small businesses.
Rauner told Rees that he would like to see the national minimum wage increase before seeing the same trend in Illinois so "Illinois can be equal with the rest of the country."
"The real answer is a booming economy and a great educational system and vocational programs. A higher minimum wage can hurt the very people it's designed to help. It hurts small businesses."
In December, Rauner told a Moline town hall that he thought Illinois minimum wage should match the national wage - $1 per hour less than Illinois' current $8.25. The audio of the townhall was released this week and forced Rauner to walk back his previous comment, admitting he had been flippant and had "made a mistake." Then, in In a op-ed yesterday, Rauner said he was for raising the minimum wage.
Today's interview with Rees can be heard HERE
Rauner also told Rees he's "generally opposed to the legalization of marijuana," and "supports efforts to make abortion safe and rare."