Indiana House backs ban on higher minimum wages

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Cities and counties across the state would be prohibited from setting higher minimum wages under a bill approved by the Indiana House.

The House voted 58-41 on Wednesday in favor of the bill, which was among those that House Democrats cited in their list of objections when they started their five-week legislative boycott.

Republican Rep. Mike Speedy of Indianapolis said the measure would protect hotels, restaurants and small businesses from having local officials set minimum wages for their workers higher than required by federal law.

Democratic Rep. Dennis Tyler of Muncie argued that under the bill legislators were telling city and county officials that they knew what was best for local communities and taking away local authority.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.


  • If only
    Oh, Tony, if only the Right understood the words "free market." Instead it's all subsidies, tax breaks, price fixing, and social engineering. Nothing "free" about it. By the way, turn off the Caps Lock.
  • Minimum Wage?
    To the GOP, I'd re-consider your call to bear arms because when people finally can't afford to feed their families, it won't be SOCIALISM, it'll be called FREEDOM from oppression.

    Just a thought.
  • Might as well
    just pass the maximum wage bill already. If you're not rich enough to afford your own lobbyist, then all you need to get by is 30k per year, adjusted every 10 years for inflation.
  • Smaller government...
    ...through more governing. Ridiculous. Throw the lot of them out, both parties, and start over. Anyone who wants the job isn't qualified to have it.
  • Argh!!!
    We the people need to stand up and be HEARD!!
    Get the crooks that stole the millions from peoples retirement investments! I can't believe they are walking FREE! With their bonuses to boot!!!
      Why would anyone assume the GOP led Indiana Congress would support anything other than another stab to the Middle Class/Working Poor? This is nothing but Class Warfare and in the long run the GOP will pay dearly for their greed in the next elections. Middle America is observing what the GOP are doing and will make sure they aren't re-elected. The GOP think that corporations are people and are doing everything they can to protect them instead of the people.
    • Get it over with
      I have an idea, why don't they just go ahead and pass a bill that says "All average americans can no longer earn any wages and must move into the wooden shacks in the back of their employers properties. Furthermore, no american shall wear clothing of any value greater than burlap."

      I say that because we all know hardly anything in america is american owned or made.

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