Governor Quinn responds to criticism of state address

By Beau Ebenezer

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A day after his State of the State address, Governor Pat Quinn is responding to criticisms regarding minimum wage increases and pension reform.

In his address, Governor Quinn spoke on minimum wage increases, pension reform and gun control.

Quinn put his support behind Senate Bill One, regarding pension reform. This would call for freezing cost of living adjustments to pensions until 2017.

A cap would then be put on them after that.

Some have said Quinn was not specific enough in his address. However, the governor says otherwise when referring to Senate Bill One.

"That's the vehicle to really get the ball rolling and to get action on it. It's sponsored by the Senate President. I spoke about the pension crisis at the beginning of my speech, the middle of the speech, and the end of the speech with specifics, so I don't think anybody should be unclear about where I stand on this issue," said Governor Quinn.

Quinn also proposed raising minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 in the coming years.

Those who oppose the increase say it would cause small businesses owners to cut employees hours and jobs.

However, Quinn said increasing the minimum wage would only help the job market.

"The studies show that this creates jobs," said Quinn. "Folks who are making the minimum wage aren't going to mire money into the bank vault. They are going to go out and spend it in the local economy and create more jobs for people in their community. This is a good thing for our economy."

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