To the Editor:
A recent letter to the editor (“Bad Republican examples,” May 2) detailed GOP candidate for state representative Steve Reick’s extreme economic views.
While I certainly agree with the message of the letter, it actually gave Mr. Reick too much credit.
A quick glance at his website shows that he not only supports rolling the minimum wage back, as the letter states, but to $4.25 per hour in some instances. This view is astonishing in its separation from reality.
A person working 40 hours per week would have a pre-tax, weekly income of $170. Even Bruce Rauner, hardly a champion of the working class, has backed away from his plan to cut the minimum wage, because he spent some time with people who live paycheck to paycheck and realized how insane passing a law to cut their pay would be.
Mr. Reick needs to get his head out of right-wing economics textbooks and do the same. It is hard enough to make ends meet in this economy without would-be politicians trying to score points at the expense of low-income people simply trying to get ahead.
If Steve Reick doesn’t see the error of his views, no one should give him the time of day.