Senate bars local government from boosting minimum wage

2011-04-21T11:35:00Z 2011-04-21T19:35:12Z Senate bars local government from boosting minimum wageBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
April 21, 2011 11:35 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Local governments could not set a minimum wage higher than the state minimum under legislation approved 27-23 Thursday by the Indiana Senate.

State Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, said House Bill 1538, which now goes to the governor, is a "preemptive" measure needed to head off what he claims is a national effort to get local governments to raise their minimum wages.

Only Bloomington currently has a minimum wage higher than the national rate of $7.25 per hour, and it only applies to companies receiving city tax benefits.

State Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, said Schneider's bill "is a solution in search of a problem."

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