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Late Wednesday night, the 2015 General Assembly finally adjourned for the year – and not a moment too soon. This legislative session was a brutal one, not only for Indiana’s reputation but for all working families in Indiana.

The Republican Supermajorities and Governor Pence went after workers’ wages, public education and attempted to condone discrimination in Indiana – providing a stark reminder of why voting and voting for leaders who actually represent our best interests is so critically important.

 

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Share of Households Earning Middle-Class Income

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice. In 17 Things We Learned About the Economy in 2014, the authors explore the growth of low-income jobs, stagnant wages for families and shrinking wages for younger workers, the racial and gender wage gap, taxes and the dwindling middle class.

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Fifteen years ago, there were roughly 17 million American manufacturing jobs. Today the number of those manufacturing jobs, which pay a significant wage premium for middle-skill workers without a college degree, is closer to 12 million. In Indiana alone, one out of every five manufacturing jobs disappeared during that time.

Nowadays there are a lot more of us working in minimum-wage retail positions at places like Wal-mart.

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