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:
#Indy City-County council voted tonight for a living wage because they’re more interested in social justice than filling potholes. @93wibc— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) August 15, 2017
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.
Budget cost of raises: $450k— Jon Easter (@johnnystir) August 15, 2017
Budget cost for road/streets: $120 million.
Budget total: $1.1 billion.
Raises as percentage of budget: .0004% https://t.co/mMv4dkcRPS
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.