Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Council Raises Worker Pay, Riles Up Katz

Monday night, the City-County Council passed a pay raise for city and county workers to bring those that qualify up to a $13 an hour living wage.

The raises, according to the estimates, will cost $450,000, and Mayor Joe Hogsett has said that the city's $1.1 billion budget can easily handle the cost.  Initially, Mayor Hogsett played it cautious on the pay hike.

With everyone seemingly on board, the proposal passed 22-2 with the only no votes coming from Joe Simpson because the Democrat didn't feel it went far enough with the raises, and Jason Holliday because...well...he's Jason Holliday (he votes no a lot).

The seemingly non-controversial vote from he Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council was too much for WIBC's morning man, Tony Katz.  Katz, a Carmel resident, tweeted out:

That raised an eyebrow for me.

First of all, the raises cost just $450K...not $450 million.  That's literally .0004 percent of the budget.  Seems ok to this Marion County resident.

Secondly, the proposed budget pays out $120 million in road and street and bridge and sidewalk repairs.  That's more than $450,000 by a lot. Apparently, it is possible to care about social justice while addressing the city's needs, and it does it responsibly.

When I called Katz on his tweet, he said I didn't get the issue and that there's no such thing as a living wage.  Just to make it clear, I had to lay it out for him.

Hope he gets it. The raises are a small (in cost), nice thing for the hardworking city-county employees that most need it.  I'm sorry if folks can't handle that.  It was the right thing to do.


IndyDem said...

Well done, Jon!

Anonymous said...

Katz unknowingly highlights a bigger issue. Carmel residents who work in Indianapolis do not pay Marion County income taxes. Rather all of their income taxes go their county of resident. Yet Indianapolis must provide more infrastructure and emergency services due to the impact on non-resident workers. A fair apportionment would be to have taxes allocated between counties such as 1/3 to working county and 2/3 to resident county or some other apportionment such as 50%/50% to reflect the effect on infrastructure and other services.

Additionally the gas tax is allocated to local governments based on linear feet of streets without regard to the number of lanes a street has. Indianapolis has many more multi-lane streets due to the impact of the flow of non-Indianapolis resident workers. Once again Indianapolis is short-changed on this allocation.

Katz also fails to recognize that due to the ridiculously low pay to some employees, some Indianapolis employees receive welfare benefits.

Katz should do some homework before sending meaningless messages.