To: Indiana Govenor and State legislators

Tell Indiana legislators to raise the minimum wage.

Tell Indiana legislators to raise the minimum wage.

Support legislation to raise the minimum wage in Indiana to $10.10 an hour, with automatic raises indexed to inflation each year.

Why is this important?

At just $7.25 an hour, Indiana's minimum wage leaves a family of three stuck below the poverty line. Like workers being paid the minimum wage in the other 49 states, these Indiana workers can't even afford to pay for an average two-bedroom apartment by working a standard 40-hour work week. Boosting Indiana’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour regardless of whether a person works part time or full time would give a much-needed pay raise to hundreds of thousands of Indiana workers.

Indiana workers deserve better. The minimum wage in Indiana is so low that minimum wage workers can't afford the basic necessities they need to get by, but the minimum wage in Indiana hasn't been raised since the federal minimum wage was increased in 2009, despite the high poverty rate in Indiana and inflation. Today, the real value of the federal minimum wage is actually a few dollars lower than it was in 1968.

In 2013, we finally saw national momentum build for raising the minimum wage to a decent level. President Obama declared his intention to raise the minimum wage, and two members of Congress actually introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, indexed to inflation.

But thousands of Indiana workers shouldn't have to wait for the federal government to take action and restore their dignity. Now is the time for the Governor and State legislators to raise the minimum wage to a wage that is fair and would allow thousands of minimum wage workers to provide for their families without public assistance.

By raising the minimum wage in Indiana, legislators can create desperately needed jobs by injecting more money into our local economy. Not only would the wages of workers currently making the minimum wage increase -- thousands more who make just above the minimum would also see an automatic raise in their income. And because minimum-wage workers are more likely to be women, raising their income would also help close the gender gap in wages.

At a time when recent polls show that 67 percent of Americans support an increase in the federal minimum wage, it's important that we show Indiana legislators that we support an increase in our own state's minimum wage as well. By signing my petition, you can tell Indiana legislators that now is the time to raise Indiana's minimum wage to $10.10 with automatic increases tied to inflation.

REFERENCES:
http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/facts/
http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx
http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/stateMinWageHis.htm
http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm
http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/pages/qanda

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Updates

2014-01-19 06:31:00 -0800

1,000 signatures reached

2014-01-18 12:06:10 -0800

500 signatures reached

2014-01-18 09:21:27 -0800

100 signatures reached

2014-01-18 09:15:38 -0800

50 signatures reached

2014-01-18 09:11:27 -0800

25 signatures reached

2014-01-12 13:07:56 -0800

10 signatures reached