Push for Indiana minimum wage increase likely stalled again


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A renewed call by Democrats for an increase to Indiana’s minimum wage isn’t winning over Republicans who control the Statehouse, with the governor saying his goal is to help workers advance beyond low-paying jobs.

The current federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009. The Democratic plan would boost Indiana’s to $10 an hour beginning in 2022 then in $1 stages until it reaches $15.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb wants more state-funded job training to assist people into better-paying careers. Democratic Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary argues housing, food and household costs have spiked since the last increase.

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(This story was originally published on January 17, 2021)

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