(NETWORK INDIANA) Lawmakers at the statehouse rejected an amendment last week to the state budget that aimed to raise Indiana’s minimum wage to $8.50. The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Democrat State Representative Cherrish Pryor of Indianapolis said on the House floor that Indiana is behind other states on this issue, saying that Indiana has not raised its minimum wage since 2008.
“All other states, with the exception of Kentucky, there minimum wage is wager,” Pryor said. “Illinois just voted to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. Of course that is not what we are asking for.”
Pryor said something needs to be done since she said $7.25 is not enough to live on or support a family these days. She added, that the increase would put an extra $2,600 a year in to the paycheck of an average Hoosier employee that gets minimum wage for a 40-hour work week.