May 25, 2021

Democrats Renew Calls For Higher Minimum Wage Amid Hiring Woes

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Hiring has started back in earnest at companies as many sectors of the economy begin to return from COVID-19 layoffs.  - Justin Hicks/IPB News

Hiring has started back in earnest at companies as many sectors of the economy begin to return from COVID-19 layoffs.

Justin Hicks/IPB News

Indiana Senate Democrats are renewing their calls for increasing the state’s minimum wage as typically lower-wage businesses like restaurants say they can’t hire enough workers.

Democrats have tried passing measures, including a few during the legislative session this year, to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. In every attempt, most Republicans have blocked their efforts.

Now Democrats are echoing economists in saying that low-wage jobs – not necessarily unemployment benefits – are causing workers to stay at home.

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Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) anticipates this summer will be hard for workers struggling to find affordable child care as unemployment programs end. He points out the legislative session technically isn’t over and says they could fix this immediately by passing a bill to raise the minimum wage. 

“We can do it now, without the governor calling us back,” he said.

The state’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, although many employers voluntarily pay more than that.

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.

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