Friday, August 14, 2015

Living Wage Forum Draws Zero Republican Participants

Last night, I had the opportunity to participate in an Indianapolis Candidates Forum on Living Wage at the Central Library last night.

The forum, sponsored by Raise the Wage, drew a full house of concerned workers, advocates, and activists.  It was a good discussion with hard questions and untimed answers.  The Central Library's Michael Torres moderated the discussion, and there was plenty of time to meet the candidates before and after the meeting.

There were six Democrats on the panel (Curtis Bigsbee, Frank Islas, Jared Evans, Kip Tew, Zach Adamson, and me) and one Libertarian (Mike Jasper).  Sadly, ZERO Republicans showed.

None.

Not one.

Organizers said they invited all the municipal candidates through the county parties.  I guess that means Republicans running for municipal office don't think a living wage is an important issue in Indianapolis.

It's really a shame no Republicans were there to hear from the speakers.  They talked passionately about what a living wage might do for our city.  I firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and that more money in paychecks across the board makes us a stronger community.

Who knows what we could accomplish if a few basic needs could be met?

Indianapolis doesn't have home rule on wages.  The state legislature must be convinced to raise the minimum wage in Indianapolis.

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