Indiana Democrats say Indiana hasn’t done enough to close the wage gap.
They spoke out today along with equal pay advocates across the nation who are marking Equal Pay Day, the date when the average woman’s earnings catches up to what the average man earned last year.
Hoosier women earn about 73 cents for every dollar men make for the same work, and the poverty rate for women and girls in Indiana is nearly 17 percent.
Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, says she and other Democrats tried to remedy those issues this past legislative session when House Democrats offered an amendment creating a commission to study pay disparity.
But it was blocked by Republicans.
Lawson says the first step is studying the problem.
“Start with state government and then you can ask others throughout the state of Indiana to also step up to the plate and do what’s necessary to make sure that the wage gap closes,” she says.
Governor Mike Pence says he believes the way to address income disparity is to promote economic growth.
“Creating an environment that encourages more investment, more job opportunities for Hoosiers is the best pathway forward toward increasing personal income for men and women in Indiana,” he says.