As many as 11 states may consider legislation next year to raise their minimum wage, but an Indiana proposal faces long odds.
Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says at least two Senate Democrats plan to introduce bills this next year calling for a $10 per hour state minimum wage.
That would make Indiana’s minimum wage the highest in the nation.
Five states passed minimum-wage increases in 2013 which will take effect in the new year.
Nine more have laws requiring annual cost-of-living increases. But a majority of states are like Indiana, and follow the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.
Lanane argues a minimum-wage increase would inject more money into the marketplace.
“It impacts not that many people really but the people it does impact are people that need the ability to participate in a meaningful way in the economy,” he says.
But Senator Phil Boots, R-Crawford, argues increasing the minimum wage would not benefit the people it is intended to help.
“The higher minimum wage doesn’t really improve anybody’s standing. It may hurt some jobs that are entry-level wage earners. It makes it a little difficult to hire those people,” he says.