Fair, Livable Wage
Give Hoosiers a pay raise
Restore the dignity of work
Paid family and medical leave
It is beyond time that hard working Hoosiers got a pay raise! It is not dramatic to say that $7.25 is a starvation wage. The misconception is that minimum wage workers are high school kids who are just starting out, but that's not the case at all. There are many folks working a minimum wage job, most times two or three minimum wage jobs, just to feed and take care of their families.
I'm calling to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour gradually over the next 3 years. I have talked to multiple small businesses in Fort Wayne who have confirmed that they are already paying at or just shy of $12 per hour. In many cases, it's not the small businesses that aren't taking care of their employees, it's the large national and multi-national corporations that complain that raising the minimum wage is going to put them out of business.
We must also come alongside small businesses, to make sure that raising the minimum wage doesn't cripple their growing businesses. I would propose tax breaks and incentives based upon the number of employees that a business hires and the rate of pay of those employees. The more employees that businesses hire, and the better they pay those employees, the more generous the tax benefits.