Rauner Explains “Right To Work” Proposal

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says his idea to create so-called “right to work zones” also means designating areas where businesses face fewer “tax and regulatory burdens.”

But the idea — and its name — are raising eyebrows in union-friendly Illinois.

Rauner’s website says his proposal allows local communities to decide whether workers must join a union for employment. He explained in an Associated Press interview that other possibilities include temporarily offering a lower corporate income tax rate in economically-depressed regions to lure businesses.

He tells AP he’s not advocating statewide right to work legislation like governors he’s admired.

Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters that Rauner’s plan would hurt workers, calling him Illinois’ “most anti-working candidate.”

Illinois already has a program carving out “enterprise zones” offering businesses tax breaks.

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