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Minimum Wage: 3 Noteworthy Quotes in Heated Debate About Indiana's Minimum Wage

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 02:53 PM

During the 2015 legislative session in Indiana, Sen. Karen Tallian, a Democrat, introduced Senate Bill 41, which would have seen the minimum wage in the Hoosier state rise from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.

The bill did not pass the Republican super majorities that control the senate and house in Indiana, however. But its introduction fueled plenty of debate about Indiana's minimum wage during the general assembly session as the minimum wage in Indiana is currently well below what is considered to be a living wage in the Hoosier State. Additionally, it is barely above the federal poverty line.

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Here are three things being said about Indiana's minimum wage:

1. “We still have a minority out there and although we may be few in number, somebody has to speak for them. ... The sad thing is that in Indiana right now, we have people who work 40 hours a week jobs making minimum wage, and they’re still below the poverty level.”
– Tallian, speaking about Senate Bill 41 that she sponsored in the 2015 general assembly. It would have increased the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The bill did not pass. January 2015, Fox59.

2. “If you’re simply going to tell people that the only options available are to go to work for $7.25 and by the way, you’re going to have the exact same problems that you had before, that’s not making anybody’s lives better.”
– Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, who also supported the wage increase. January 2015, Fox59.

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3. "I remember one day I was standing in line at Dollar General, and I overheard the cashier saying that she made a deal with her son, that if he got his high school diploma, she was going to go back to school and get her diploma. I felt like crying."
– Jeff Howell, of progressive organization Indiana Moral Mondays, regarding the low minimum wage in the state. March 2015, Indianapolis Star.

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