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Dem leader cites job losses in rejecting GOP ED agenda
Thursday Feb 11, 2016 4:12pm
INDIANAPOLIS – Wednesday’s announcements that 21-hundred Hoosier jobs are headed to Mexico caught the attention of Indiana Democrats.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath told reporters it is a serious situation, especially for the state’s middle class.
"Right now we are being hit with some very deep middle class job losses. Fourteen hundred jobs here in Indianapolis, seven-hundred up in the Huntington area, and that's before we even have a chance to discuss this six-hundred jobs we're going to lose at ALCOA when they're shutting down a smelter. This is a middle class calamity here in the state - one that's been suffering very low wage growth, and one that's looking to get back on its feet."
Pelath said all of these job losses to other countries and states are a result of ten years of economic development failure.
"First, daylight savings time was the answer, and then passing Right To Work, to prohibit and make it harder for people to get together and bargain for higher wages. That was the answer. Getting rid of the Common Construction Wage, which causes a lot of people to have opportunities to work for less -- that was supposed to be the answer. Deep corporate tax cuts were supposed to be the answer. And none of these things have worked."
He said the state must “change the game” and its image so that it can attract high-paying employers. He claims one of the ways to change the state’s image to high-growth companies is to extend Civil Rights protection to the LGBT community.