Indiana Institute for Working Families

Stakeholders in Indiana are already weighing the GOP tax plan’s potential effect on workers.

Indiana Manufacturers Association lobbyist Andrew Berger says the plan’s most important pillar is its 20 percent corporate tax rate. He says it’ll let businesses make decisions about growing and investing based on what really matters.

“Not, ‘how do I best effectuate my tax liability?’” he says. “That’s what we’re trying to get out of this investment decision-making process.”

A proposed traffic amnesty program would help Hoosiers pay back debts and reinstate suspended licenses. It could allow more than 400,000 Hoosiers to become legal, licensed drivers once again.

Nearly one in 10 Hoosiers have suspended licenses because of financial reasons – not safety violations – according a report from students at Indiana University.

Study Gives Indiana Poor Grade For Gender Wage Gap

Sep 26, 2016
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A new study ranks Indiana near the bottom  when it comes to gender pay equality. 

An American Association of University Women study finds Indiana women on average earn only about three-quarters of what their male counterparts do.

The study cites weak state laws as part of the reason Indiana ranks 40th out of the 50 states.

Indiana Institute for Working Families policy analyst Erin Macey says a Cornell University study showed women are often penalized just for being mothers.

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State leaders celebrated last week over news that Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in seven years, while the total number of jobs surged to a near-record high. But some analysts say it’s not time to pop the champagne yet.

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in April, reaching its lowest level since May of 2008.

But Indiana Institute for Working Families senior policy director Derek Thomas says he’s concerned that over the last three months, while the private sector added about 16,000 jobs, 18,000 people left the state’s labor force.

Indiana Coalition Calls For Higher Minimum Wage

Jan 26, 2015
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A coalition of Indiana groups rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Monday calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

Indiana Institute for Working Families Senior Policy Analyst Derek Thomas says the current $7.25 an hour is far from enough needed to support families.

Thomas says $10.10 an hour is more in line with what the number should be when inflation dating to 1968 is considered.

Thomas says the rise in poverty affects everyone, including the middle class, members of which are also feeling the pinch.