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Dem. governor Quinn: Prosperous 40 hour work week ‘as old as the Bible’

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hearkened back to the Bible for convincing his fellow lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.65 per hour.

“It’s important to …educate the folks of Illinois on how important this is,” he told MSNBC last week. “There’s a principle as old as the Bible that if you work 40 hours a week you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.”

The man who took the reins of state government from the imprisoned Rob Blagojevich continued. “This is a fundamental principle that we want to carry out across our state and indeed across our country.”

Considering the 40-hr work week is a creation of recent historical vintage, the former tax attorney may need to brush up on the Good Book. Its focus was not particularly on salary negotiations.


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