ROANOKE - GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner says he has no problem with a November ballot measure that will ask Illinois voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage.
"The voters are going to be allowed to make their voices heard on a nonbinding referendum. I'm supportive of that," he said Tuesday.
Rauner also said he'd support raising the minimum wage under two scenarios: If it were increased nationwide; and/or if it were tied to pro-business reforms in Illinois.
During the Republican primary, Rauner said he would lower the state's minimum wage from $8.25 to the federal rate of $7.25. When recordings of Rauner saying he was “adamantly, adamantly against raising the minimum wage" went public, he later clarified his remarks, saying he would support an increase, but only under certain circumstances.
Some business leaders oppose raising the minimum wage, saying it would kill jobs and make Illinois less competitive with states where the rate is lower.
"That's exactly why I don't support raising the minimum wage if we do nothing else," Rauner said Tuesday. "We would support raising the national wage up to Illinois' (rate) ... so that we're all on a level playing field."