Local governments will no longer be able to set their minimum wage above the state standard under a bill passed by the state Senate Thursday.
Indianapolis Senator Scott Schneider, the bill’s sponsor, says it’s important for companies to know wage standards will be the same across Indiana.
“I think this is good public policy,” he says. “There is no other aspect of labor law in the state of Indiana that a local unit of government has the ability to change. None.”
Currently, Bloomington is the only city in Indiana with a wage standard higher than the state’s…and Ellettsville Senator Vi Simpson says she’s concerned what the bill will do to Bloomington’s policy.
“The bill is not clear,” she says, “whether it would declare null and void an existing living wage ordinance that has been in existence in Bloomington since 2005.”
Simpson says because Bloomington’s cost of living is higher than most of Indiana, it needs a living wage higher than the state standard, adding the issue is one all local governments should have the right to decide for themselves.
The bill now moves to the House for approval.