17 Reasons to Raise Indiana's Minimum Wage in 2017


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17 Reasons to Raise Indiana's Minimum Wage in 2017

May 2017 | Amy Carter & Maria Laster

 

The past three years, the Indiana Institute for Working Families has given more and more reasons to increase the minimum wage. This year, we updated the list and added two new items with one theme: public health. As minimum wage debates continue, the positive public health outcomes cannot be overlooked or denied. Read on to see a compelling, though not exhaustive, list of seventeen reasons to raise the minimum wage in 2017.

1.    Working Towards Self-Sufficiency - 40 Hour Work Week: There is not one county in Indiana where working full time (40 hours/week) at the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is sufficient to support even a single adult, as shown in our Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard 2016 report. A single adult has to work a median 48 hours per week at the minimum wage in order to be self-sufficient. The number of hours increases significantly - to 108 hours - for a single adult with one preschooler and one school-age child. For a family with two adults, a preschooler, and a school-age child, each adult would need to work 64 hours for the family to be self-sufficient. Let’s raise the minimum wage to a level that allows Hoosiers to spend time with the families for which they are working so hard to provide.

2.    Working Towards Self-Sufficiency – Housing: A full-time (40 hours), minimum wage ($7.25) worker in Indiana earns about $1,160 per month. The median Fair Market Rent for a single adult in a one-bedroom home across Indiana’s counties is $486, equaling 42% of a minimum wage worker’s monthly wages. The rule of thumb for housing says that no more than 30% of a worker’s monthly income should be spent on rent. However, national data shows over a third of US households faced housing cost burdens (meaning spending more than the rule of thumb) including 17% that are severely burdened (spending 50% or more of income). In order to afford the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment, which is what a family with children needs, a minimum wage earner must work 77 hours per week, 52 weeks per year! The minimum wage needs to be closer to $14 in order for a minimum wage worker to afford housing at less than 30% of their income.

3.    Working Towards Self-Sufficiency – Childcare: In Indiana, the cost of childcare almost exceeds monthly earnings for minimum wage workers. In 2015, the average cost of childcare for families with one infant and one four year old was over $1,300/month! Comparing that expense to the monthly minimum wage for a full-time worker, $1,160, it is not difficult to see why families are not self-sufficient. Childcare tax credits and state childcare vouchers can help, but not all children receive vouchers. In January 2017, Indiana had 4,385 children on Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) waitlists.  National data from 2015, the most recent year for which we have data, suggests that with the current investment in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), only 15% of children eligible for child care assistance are getting support. A raise in the minimum wage could help make childcare more affordable for those at two and three times the federal poverty level, thus leaving spots open to increase access for low-income families who want this aid.  

4.    Public Opinion: A strong majority of Americans support raising the minimum wage. According to a 2015 New York Times poll, 71% of respondents favored raising the minimum wage to $10.10. The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University found in their 2015 Hoosier Survey that 64% of respondents were supportive of a minimum wage raise to $10.10. While Democrats and Independents were more favorable, almost 46% of Republicans were in favor. It’s time for legislators to listen to their constituents.

5.    Tipped Workers – 26 Years Without a Raise: Waitstaff in Indiana are paid $2.13 per hour by their employers (29% of the minimum wage) according to the Department of Labor. Tips are expected to cover the difference between that wage and minimum wage; if they don’t, employers are to cover the difference. The last time tipped workers saw a raise was a quarter-century ago (1991), even as the industry has seen strong growth and profitability. Women make up the majority in tipped occupations. According the National Women's Law Center, gender gaps and poverty rates for tipped workers are smaller in states where the tipped minimum wage is equal to the minimum wage. See a simplified table of minimum wage, tipped wage, and poverty rate of women in tipped occupations here. As the fight for an increased minimum wage continues, tipped workers cannot be forgotten.

6.    It's Not Just for Teens AnymoreContrary to common perception, fewer than 20% of workers earning the minimum wage or below are teens. Minimum wage workers are not just high-schoolers earning spending money; they are at least 20 years old and have greater family responsibilities. (Check out Table 1 here for a breakdown by age, gender, and race.)  In Indiana specifically, 88% of those who would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $15 are age 20 and older. According to a recent Economic Policy Institute fact sheet, “the typical worker who would benefit from a $15 minimum wage is a 36-year-old woman with some college-level coursework who works full time.” The minimum wage conversation cannot be pushed aside based on the perceived age of minimum wage workers. (Though there is no justification for paying teenagers poverty level wages either. Perhaps a conversation for another day…)

7.    Gender Gap: Based on 2011-2015 data, white and Asian Hoosier women holding full-time, year-round jobs earn $0.76 for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Black and Latina Hoosier women earn even less, $0.66 and $0.54 respectively. This is unacceptable and raising the minimum wage can help. More than 301,000 households in Indiana are female-led. Thirty-two percent of those households – more than 97,000 – have incomes that fall below the poverty level. Increasing the minimum wage, especially in these female-dominated professions, could give these families more money for savings, child care, education, and housing.  Because 3/5th of minimum wage workers in Indiana are women, raising the wage is a good step toward equalizing pay.

8.    Wage Erosion: Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage peaked in 1968! (That's 49 years ago. 49 years!) The last federal raise was in 2009 and since then minimum wage has lost 9.6% of its purchasing power. If the minimum wage had grown with productivity, it would have been $18.85 in 2016. If it had only grown with average wages, it would still have been $11.35 in 2016. Because the value of the minimum wage has been left to erode due to inflation, more workers are earning poverty wages. Reducing the erosion of wages would be a good step towards reducing income inequality. 

9.    Low- to Mid-Wage Workers Earning Less: Real (inflation-adjusted) median hourly wages are down $0.84 since 2007, and 20th percentile wages are down $0.73. See interactive data here. Raising the minimum wage would likely increase these mid-range wages as well.

10.  Race to the Bottom: According to a 2016 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.9% of hourly workers in Indiana make at or below minimum wage. 3.9% represents 32,000 workers at minimum wage and 37,000 workers below minimum wage. That's more than all neighbor states (Illinois 3.2%, Kentucky 3.5%, Michigan 3.7%, and Ohio 2.9%) and the U.S. average of 3.3%.

11.  Myth of a Spike in Unemployment: Critics of raising the minimum wage often argue that an increase will cause a spike in unemployment. However, seven decades of historical data find no correlation between minimum wage increases and employment levels. On the contrary, in the considerable majority of instances (68%), overall employment increased after a federal minimum wage increase. In the most substantially affected industries, the rates were even higher: in the leisure and hospitality sector, employment rose 82% of the time following a federal wage increase, and in the retail sector it rose 73% of the time. Moreover, the small minority of instances in which employment declined —either overall or in the indicator sectors—following a federal minimum wage increase occurred during periods of recession or near recession.

12.  Economic Growth: In a stagnant economy, increasing wages can lead to economic growth. Low-wage workers tend to spend any additional income they receive on their basic needs. If the minimum wage increases, these workers would pump money into the economy, boosting GDP, which would produce job growth in the broader economy. Economic Policy Institute supports this idea, saying that a “high pressure economy that eliminates the remaining demand shortfall in the U.S. economy and leads to low rates of unemployment and rapid wage growth would likely induce faster productivity growth.”

13.  Growing the Tax Base: Standard and Poor's cites rising income inequality as contributing to weaker tax revenue growth, making it more difficult for state and local governments to invest in education and infrastructure. This year, the Indiana General Assembly (IGA) discussed the expansion of Pre-K education, which not only prepares students for academic and social success, but allows parents to work or go back to school. However, funding was not increased as much as advocates suggested. Increasing the minimum wage could give the IGA more money to provide supports for low-income Hoosiers (which helps them reach self-sufficiency, which means more income for taxes, which can increase funding for education, which helps people reach self-sufficiency, and so on and so forth.)

14.  Reduce Need of and Spending on Public Assistance: According to a 2016 Economic Policy Institute report using Census data from 2012-2014, for those in the lowest wage category (those earning up to $9.91/hour), a $1 increase in hourly wages reduces the likelihood of needing public assistance by 3.8%. So if this entire group consisting of 15.5 million workers had an average $1 increase in hourly wages, there would be an approximate 3.8% decline in dependence on public aid, or 600,000 fewer workers receiving benefits. The study also found that for each $1 increase in minimum wage, benefit dollars for all public assistance programs decreased by $199. If those making $9.91/hour or less each had an average $1/hour raise, the expenditures on means-tested government benefit would go down $3.1 billion annually.

15.  Future Generations: Low wages not only affect adults, but children as well. Research has found that children being raised in poverty have worse physical, psychosocial, and academic outcomes than more affluent peers. A recent study of minimum wage increases showed that a $1 increase in minimum wage implies a 9.6% decrease in neglect reports.  Raising the wage will help ameliorate the deleterious effects of poverty on children, specifically reducing the risk of child welfare involvement for children 0-12 years old.

16.  Decreasing Teen Birth Rate: Teen parenthood costs the public more than $9 billion per year and can decrease the educational and employment outcomes of both the teen and the child. A recent study done by an Indiana University researcher found that a minimum wage increase of $1 would reduce the adolescent birth rate by 2%, leading to about 5000 fewer adolescent births per year. As the discussion on minimum wage continues, positive unintended consequences, like the effects on public health, can be strong debate points and influences in creating minimum wage policy.  

17.  Decreasing Infant Mortality Factors: A 2016 study looked at minimum wage, birth weight, and post-neonatal mortality by state from 1980-2011 to see what effect minimum wage had on infant mortality and birth weight. They found that a $1 increase above the federal minimum wage decreased low birth weight births by 1-2% and decreased post-neonatal mortality by 4%. In 2005, the social and health cost for low weight births was over $26 billion! Imagine how great the impact is a decade later. According to KIDS COUNT data from the Annie E. Casey foundation, Indiana does not compare well to neighboring states – 7.3 infant deaths per 1000 live births compared to 6.0 in Illinois, 6.7 in Kentucky, 6.6 in Michigan, and 7.2 in Ohio. (You can see interactive data on infant mortality here.) Raising the minimum wage can not only save money on public health outcomes, it can literally save lives.

Self-sufficient hourly wages are wages that allow an income that will meet the essential needs of an individual or family without public or private assistance. When looking at wages across the state, the lowest wages for a single adult to be self-sufficient are in Vermillion County at $7.96 and the highest wages are $11.39 in Hamilton County, with the median self-sufficiency wage across all Indiana counties for a single adult at $8.78. Families with children have significantly higher self-sufficiency needs. For an adult with a preschool child, the lowest self-sufficient wages are $13.58 in Cass County and rise all the way to $23.18 in Hamilton County. When looking at an appropriate minimum wage, these numbers should be taken into account. If we want to create public policy that ensures self-sufficiency for all Hoosiers – and I think we do – the minimum wage discussion needs to start at least at the highest self-sufficiency wage for a single adult.

Minimum wage discussions are happening all over the nation –  in local communities, in statehouses, in Congressional offices, and hopefully at the White House. This list goes through just a few of the many reasons that the minimum wage is no longer sufficient or acceptable. As long as it stays at the outdated level, it will continue to fail Hoosiers and Americans who are working towards a better future. 

You can also read our 16 Reasons, 15 Reasons, and 14 reasons on the blog.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Federal Bulletin | 5.4.2017


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Open Letter: The U.S. Department of Labor Should Protect Those on the Path to Economic Security by Implementing the Fiduciary Rule


More than one third of Hoosier families struggle to bring in enough income to meet their basic needs – food, rent, health care, transportation, and child care - without public or private assistance. For those who cross the threshold into self-sufficiency, one of the next major steps toward long-term economic security is saving for retirement. Retiring with dignity and security is a dream most Hoosiers share, and adequate personal savings is currently the only reliable pathway to keep families from spending their golden years worried about their finances. Sadly, the U.S. Department of Labor is currently taking steps to make it even harder to build a sufficient nest egg.



Although there are some social safety nets (e.g. Social Security, Medicare) that are designed to prevent seniors from living in or near poverty, they are often inadequate. Today, more than one in six Hoosiers age 65+ lives well below self-sufficiency (with income at 150% of federal poverty or less). Accordingly, in On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Indiana, coauthored by Dr. Diana Pearce and the Indiana Institute for Working Families, we advise that “the sooner [families] are able to begin saving for retirement, the better.” As illustrated in the report, a single adult in Tippecanoe County who starts saving at age 25 may only need to set aside $203/month to be financially secure in retirement, while that same adult will need to tuck away $757/month if she waits until age 55 to begin saving. To check the data for your age range & county, see Table 8 in the report. 

Unfortunately for those Hoosiers who reach this step in the economic security pathway, the Department of Labor is proposing to delay and possibly overturn the fiduciary rule, which would require that all financial professionals provide advice that is in best interests of savers. Without this rule, advisers are allowed to put their financial interests ahead of their clients’, leaving Hoosiers and other Americans vulnerable to advice that puts more of their hard-earned dollars in the pockets of financial professionals instead of their IRAs. The rule was set to take effect this month and projected to save Americans $17 billion a year. That’s billion with a B.

“Hoosiers who are striving toward long-term economic security need this kind of protection now more than ever,” said Erin Macey, policy analyst at Indiana Institute for Working Families. “Fewer people have pensions, so more Hoosiers must manage their retirement savings on their own. Those who turn to professionals to help them navigate the complex world of investing should feel confident that they are getting the best counseling possible. It is distressing to think that the advice Hoosiers are paying for may not be in their best interests.”

For Hoosiers striving toward a dignified retirement at the end of their working life, the fiduciary rule is a small but important guard rail on the pathway to economic security. The Indiana Institute for Working Families joins the many other organizations calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to move forward with implementation of the rule. 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Inside the Statehouse - The Final Tally

*Updated 4/28/17
Ding dong, the session’s over! In a long budget session, it can feel like endlessly walking the yellow brick road complete with trees throwing apples and gate guards that block entrance to Emerald City. But we made it! Along the way, we stopped a dangerous payday lending bill, got a summer study of paid family and medical leave through, spoke out against banning Ban the Box statutes, educated on the importance of early childhood education and Head Start, fought to expand access to SNAP to prior drug felons, passed a bill increasing SNAP asset limits, added an adult literacy report to the table, protected the Work Force Ready Grant, and battled for affordable housing. Read on for more details and a look at how our policy agenda fared. 

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The Institute’s 2017 Legislative Public Policy Agenda detailed the “missing pieces” in Indiana’s economy that affect a third of Hoosiers who are not self-sufficient, meaning do not make enough to pay for the basics. The legislative session is over and with that, we take a look at which missing pieces were filled in and where there are still holes in Indiana’s economic puzzle. 

A PATH TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Put families on a path to self-sufficiency by protecting them from high-cost payday loans and predatory lending products. Support asset-building and financial literacy training by increasing funding for individual development accounts (IDAs). 

SB 245 Long term small loans (Holdman) was a bill that sought to extend the payday industry with a long-term loan up to $2,500 with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 240%. (You can read about the details on the blog here and here. Highlights, on a $2,500 loan, a person making $10,000 less than the self-sufficiency standard for one adult with one child in Marion county would owe over $9,000 in interest over those two years. Yikes!) The Institute fought hard against in the first half of the session, rallying over 20 religious leaders, former payday borrowers and employees, and advocates to speak against this harmful and unnecessary legislation.  It was successfully defeated in committee with bipartisan 4-5 vote. Later in the session, the payday industry tried to insert language about high interest small loans into another bill, but the amendment was never voted on thanks in part to several advocates who dropped what they were doing to be a voice in that committee hearing. SB 474 Small loans (Melton) provided for more disclosures and an extended payment plan not over $50/weekly or $100/biweekly and was amended into SB 245 in the first half of the session, perhaps as a way to make the bill more palatable. While those were good ideas, the Institute was still happy the bill died.


INVESTMENT IN TWO-GENERATION SOLUTIONS: Investments in Head Start, preschool and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) ensure that young children continue to learn and grow while their parents work or seek further education. 

SB 276 Early childhood grant pilot program (Holdman) and HB 1004 Prekindergarten education (Behning) were the two big Pre-K bills this session. In the end, the House bill is what went through with aspects of SB 276 folded in. It passed 31-19 in the Senate and 82-16 in the House. The final version expands Pre-K to 15 additional counties, details income eligibility requirements (127%-185% of FPL depending on the circumstances), and increases spending by $10 million including $1million for an online preschool program. It also contains voucher language that allows an eligible student in the Pre-K pilot program to get a private school voucher for kindergarten at that same choice scholarship school. The Institute is excited that Pre-K in Indiana is expanding and more families will have access to the family-wide benefits of early childhood education! *UPDATE - Governor Holcomb signed this bill into law on April 26, 2017.

REMOVE BARRIERS TO ADULT EDUCATION & WORKFORCE TRAINING: Allow for better coordination of skills training, higher education and necessary support services. Increase support for the Indiana Adult Student Grant and the WorkINdiana training program, and create Indiana’s first fund for job-driven adult literacy.

SB 198 Career and technical education (Long) and HB 1008 were the workforce bills the Institute followed throughout the session to ensure that the Workforce Ready Grant was included. This grant helps Hoosiers as they seek training and certification for high-value jobs. At one point the language was removed, but is in the final version of SB 198 which passed as a hybrid with HB 1008. The Senate passed the bill with a 50-0 vote and the House passed it with a 98-0 vote. This is a great step in connecting Indiana employees with the thousands of openings for high-demand, high wage  jobs. 

SB 108 Education matters (Kruse) had a technical correction in the last days of the session. It requires, among other things, the department of workforce development to commission an entity that specializes in improving access to adult literacy programs to: (1) prepare and submit a report regarding adult literacy programs to the legislative council; and (2) present the report to the state workforce innovation council. Literacy is an important factor in determining employment and thus self-sufficiency; the Institute wants to help ensure that Hoosiers have access to quality programs that put them in the best position to succeed. 
There were two work-sharing unemployment insurance bills that did not get hearings this session, HB 1212 Work sharing unemployment benefit (Hatfield) and HB 1464 Work sharing unemployment benefits (Carbaugh). The legislature missed an opportunity to help employers reduce layoffs by cutting hours wages and spare employees the hardship of full unemployment.


ASSISTS & REBOUNDS: Help Hoosiers rebound more quickly from tough times by removing the asset test from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility requirements and raising Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility to 50 percent of the federal poverty level.

We had some great success in this area, but also some frustrating missed opportunities. Good news first, SB 154 Removal of asset limits for SNAP eligibility (Merritt) passed, increasing the asset limit to $5000. This will help families save, while still getting much needed food assistance. *UPDATE - The Governor signed SB 154 into law on April 27, 2017. Huzzah!

The bad news, SB 9 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and drug convictions (Merritt) made it through the Senate, but did not move in the House. Currently, those with other felonies are eligible for food assistance. There is no good reason this benefit should not be extended to those with prior drug convictions too. A subject of much legislation this session was the opioid epidemic in Indiana. The argument was made that if we want to stop this epidemic, we need to make sure those in recovery, who may have drug felonies, can get food assistance in order to stay clean. Even that was not convincing enough for some members. This is a topic that the Institute will continue to support and work on.

Another disappointing missed opportunity was SB 527 TANF eligibility (Stoops), which was heard in Senate Family and Children Services, but never acted upon. This bill would have increased access to TANF by changing income eligibility and would have removed the dollar amounts dictated in statute, which has not kept up with inflation. Hopefully, this is something legislators will be more amenable to in the future.  

QUALITY OF LIFE & QUALITY OF WORK: Ensure that all working Hoosiers can balance work, family and household budgets through policies that promote fair scheduling, paid leave and high-quality, well-paying jobs. 

The legislature took a step towards increasing the quality of life and work by passing SB 253 Study of voluntary paid family and medical leave (Tallian). There is data being collected now on some options for paid family and medical leave programs, which will be presented to the summer study committee. The Institute is hopeful there will be open ears and that the General Assembly continues to take steps forward on this.

This policy point had several missed opportunities including SB 318 Minimum wage (Mrvan), HB 1183 Employee paid sick leave (Lawson), HB 1442 Paid sick and safe leave (Porter), and SB 3 Paid personal leave (Randolph). Legislators may be more willing to move legislation like this forward after the summer study when they have heard some of the options.


BUILD A MORE JUST HOOSIER ECONOMY, STARTING WITH EQUITABLE BUDGET CHOICES: Make equitable budget choices that remedy Indiana’s regressive tax structure, increase economic mobility for working families and promote a more just economy for all Hoosiers.

HB 1001 Biennial budget (Brown) is a huge document (183 pages!), and includes, among many other things, $22M/year for Pre-K expansion with $1M/year earmarked for online Pre-K reimbursement, $300,000/year for food banks, $970,000/year for Individual Development Accounts,  $5M/year for WorkINdiana Program, and $7,579,858/year for adult student grants.

HB 1002 Transportation infrastructure funding (Soliday) increased gas tax by $0.10 per gallon, created a new registration fee, and moves gas sales tax funds to road funding over the next several years.
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The Institute had over 100 bills on its tracking list this session. Though many did not make it past the first set of deadlines, there were several notable ones that did. These bills have passed both chambers, but have not yet been signed by the Governor.

HB 1470 Government information (Ober) passed 93-2 in the House and 37-13 in the Senate. A main concern was privacy of personal information that Hoosiers entrust to the state. Hopefully, the management performance hub will be able to use public data released to them to solve issues that will impact Hoosiers for the better.

HB 1523 Search fee for public records request (Richardson) has been signed by the President Pro Tempore and the Speaker and heads to the Governor’s desk. When it goes into effect in July, it will interesting to see the affect it has on public records requests and if the cost is burdensome to individuals, political parties, companies, and research organizations like the Institute.*UPDATE - Governor Holcomb vetoed this bill.

SB 312 Use of criminal history information in hiring (Boots) is on its way to the Governor’s desk. The Institute, the ACLU, and the NAACP among others have signed a letter asking Governor Holcomb not to sign SB 312 without an executive order to Ban the Box for state employees. This legislation preempts local ability to address the unique employment circumstances in different areas and help portions of the population obtain meaningful employment. *UPDATE - Governor Holcomb will sign SB 312, but has said he will also sign an executive order banning the box for State employees. See IIWF's press release on the Governor's announcement.

SB 558 Leases and sales of real property (Holdman) is on its way to the Governor. The Institute fought against this bill as it preempts local ability to solve affordable housing problems by limiting requirements municipalities can put on new developments. It also defines occupancy standards by room (2 per specified sleeping area) instead of square feet. This could cause families with three children to rent three bedroom apartments instead of two, increasing housing costs by hundreds if not thousands per year.

These bills are law!

SB 242 Indiana housing first program (Merritt) was signed into law on April 21. This establishes a Housing First program in Indiana that helps find housing and support services for those with mental health and addiction challenges. Reliable housing can help individuals tackle the next step towards self-sufficiency like transportation, employment, and savings.

SB 307 Veteran preference for employment and training (Hershman) fits right in to the discussion of the Indiana economy and increasing access to employment and improved skills. This bill was signed into law on April 21, and will hopefully connect service members and their families to jobs that acknowledge and build upon their service and skills.

HB 412 529 Education savings plan matters (Koch) was signed into law on April 13. It excludes 529 education savings plans from asset tests for some scholarships and grants and for certain public assistance programs (LIHEAP, TANF, and Medicaid).

HB 1268 Traffic amnesty program (Shackleford) was signed into law at the end of March. This bill assigns to a study committee the topic of lower traffic fines and fees for certain individuals. Removing barriers to a driver’s license is not only beneficial to working families who need transportation to work, but to the economy who gains reliable workers.

More missed opportunities:

Food Supply – SB 277 Healthy food initiative program (Head) and HB 1425 Fresh food initiative (Olthoff) would have helped businesses and other legal entities to provide fresh food options for underserved geographic areas, which are sometimes known as food deserts.

Child Care – SB 364 Child care tax credit (Stoops) was heard in Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure and Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy, but failed to advance. Child care costs are incredibly expensive and this could have helped families pay for quality care as they work or go to school.

Criminal History and Employment – HB 1267 Former offenders (Shackleford) would have done the opposite of SB 312 by prohibiting employers from asking about criminal history information until they are sure the applicant meets the minimum employment requirements. This would have been an opportunity to give those who have served their time a second chance by increasing their ability to even get interviews for jobs. HB 1611 Tax incentive for hiring ex-offenders (Mayfield) would have done just that, also increasing the ability of former offenders to find gainful employment.

You can see how ALL the bills on the Institute’s Inside the Statehouse watch list fared by going to this blog post. It will be updated for a few more weeks until all the bills have been signed, left to become law after 7 days with no signature, or vetoed. 

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