Ends Not Meeting

Great letter in The Herald-Times today, from our new member, Jessica Martlage. Also available on the H-T site.

To the editor:

Thank you for Lauren Slavin’s story (March 13) on how expensive it is for working families to make ends meet in Indiana.

I have gone through several jobs in the last few years, trying to find something where I can make a living wage. Even though I work hard at every job I’ve ever had, I still have trouble getting by.

I’m about to start a job now that will pay only $10 an hour with no benefits for strenuous work.

The infuriating thing for me was the story right next to this one, about our do-nothing Indiana state legislature, which wasted our people’s time on mostly irrelevant bills. Senators Karen Tallian and Frank Mrvan both introduced bills to raise the state minimum wage, but neither received a committee hearing.

My state legislator, Bob Heaton, told a Terre Haute TV station in January that he is against raising the minimum wage because we should “let the free market work.”

Apparently he thinks his constituents are only good for doing cheap labor for corporations.

Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) is starting an effort to get the Indiana legislature to raise the minimum wage. Contact DFMC to get involved!

Jessica Martlage

Ellettsville

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