WBIW.com News - state

Brought to you by WBIW News and Network Indiana

Indiana Democrats Criticize Unemployment Numbers

Last updated on Friday, November 22, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana’s Legislative Democrats are calling for a 2014 session focused on creating jobs and increasing personal income.

WVUT reports, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says lagging unemployment and income figures show Republicans' emphasis on creating a strong business climate isn't enough.

He says Indiana should raise its minimum wage and take advantage of federal money available under the health care law to expand Medicaid.

Republicans have opposed both those ideas, though the Pence administration has been in talks with the federal government on expanding Medicaid through the state's Healthy Indiana Plan.

Pelath notes he's voted for several tax cuts for business, but says it's time to focus on the consumers whose ability to buy goods and services fuel the economy.

Instead, he complains Republicans have treated the state's surplus "like some kind of deity."

1340 AM WBIW welcomes comments and suggestions by calling 812.277.1340 during normal business hours or by email at comments@wbiw.com

© Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Click here to go back to previous page