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Minimum Wage: 3 Facts About Indiana's Minimum Wage

By    |   Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 06:13 PM

Indiana is one of 21 states with a minimum wage of just $7.25 per hour, which is the lowest rate the federal government allows employers to pay an employee nationwide. As such, it is difficult for minimum wage-earning individuals to make ends meet, since Indiana's minimum wage is less than the living wage in the state.

Here are three things to know about minimum wage in the Hoosier State.

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1. Annual income is just $15,080.
If a worker earning minimum wage in Indiana works 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year, he or she will still only walk away with $15,080 per year in income. This works out to be $58 per day and $290 per week. That amount is less than $1,000 above the federal poverty line, which is set around $14,600 for a two-person household.

2. Indiana  is below average nationally.
There are 29 states and the District of Columbia with higher mandatory statewide minimum wages than Indiana. The highest minimum wage in the country is $10.50 per hour, which is what workers in the nation's capital earn at minimum. Three other states (Hawaii, Connecticut, and Maryland) have pledged to increase their minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over the next few years. This is the rate to which President Barack Obama has asked all states to raise their minimum wages.

3. Minimum wage increase bill was introduced, but failed in legislature.
Indiana Democrats pushed for the state to adopt Obama's goal of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in the 2015 legislative session, but the bill failed the Republican-dominated Senate and House.

“We still have a minority out there and although we may be few in number, somebody has to speak for them,” State Sen. Karen Tallian, who authored Senate Bill 41, which would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, told Fox 59. “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."

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