Quinn v. Rauner: 5 Issues Where They Clash
By Abhinav Kini
With the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial election taking place on Nov. 4th, things are heating up in the race between current governor, Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner. With decision day looming, let’s take a look at five of the issues where both candidates ended up clashing.
When it comes to gun control, the two candidates would naturally clash regarding this topic. While Quinn supports gun control policies, Rauner is supportive of the concealed carry legislation which was passed last year. Quinn believes that isn’t proper for a person to carry a gun wherever they go while Rauner believes that concealed carry was long overdue. Rauner however, believes the legislation will be confusing for gun owners when it comes to the various instances where someone can and cannot carry a gun.
Another issue is tax. Quinn believes the income tax increase made in 2011 should remain unchanged while Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase. Quinn is also an advocate of the implementation of graduated income tax in Illinois where the high earners pay a higher tax while Rauner is opposed to this, believing that it could raise taxes for Illinois’ middle class families.
One more issue which the two candidates disagree on is pension. With Illinois $100 billion in pension debt, Quinn is a supporter of pension cuts in which he signed a legislation while Rauner opposes this, believing that changing the payments to a retiree after they are already retired is wrong.
Minimum wage is also a topic which sees the duo’s views clash. Quinn wants the minimum wage rate to increase from $8.25 per hour to $10 per hour. Rauner however, is against this and prefers for the rate to be reduced to the federal level of $7.25 per hour. Rauner says if the increase were to pass, he would need the Legislature to send him measures mandating tort and workers’ compensation reform as well as revamping the tax code.
Lastly, when it comes to same-sex marriage, Quinn is a supporter, having recently signed the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law. Rauner is against this, having said in the past that he would have vetoed the bill because the public was not consulted about how they felt about the topic through a referendum on the ballot. Quinn retorted by saying that he didn’t need a referendum to tell him what the right thing to do was.