Minimum wage rally to be held at statehouse Monday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 23, 2015) – Hoosiers hoping to see a minimum wage increase in Indiana plan to rally at the statehouse Monday.

The rally is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. inside the north atrium of the statehouse. Organizers said they expect more than 100 people to attend.

The minimum wage issue is an ongoing debate among lawmakers. Two bills introduced this year aiming to increase the wage were not heard in committee.

Senate Bill 41 proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Another bill, SB 160, took a more gradual approach by moving the minimum wage up to $8.50 this year and $10 in 2016.

Twenty-nine states around the country have already increased their minimum wage, including some of Indiana’s neighbors. Ohio’s minimum wage is currently $8.10 for certain employers. Michigan is at $8.15 per hour, while Illinois requires businesses with four or more employees to pay $8.25 per hour. Kentucky is the same as Indiana, at $7.25 per hour.

While democrats say an increase in the minimum wage would be a big help to Hoosier families, Republicans say it would be a job killed because many business owners can’t afford to pay more.

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