INDIANAPOLIS – A recent report from the Center on American Progress showed Hoosiers’ real median wages growing by just 0.1 percent between 2000 and 2016. Over the same period, Kentuckians’ real median wages grew by 4.2 percent and Illinoisans’ grew by 6.2 percent.
From the Center on American Progress: Interactive Map: The Midwestern Recession
While Hoosier working families’ incomes remain flat, one segment of the workforce is doing quite well – Holcomb administration employees.
According to a report from the Journal Gazette, top administration positions of the first-term governor are seeing big increases. The new Department of Transportation head saw his pay increase 14 percent over the last Commissioner and the top officials at the Department of Correction and the Family and Social Services Administration saw pay bumps of nine and seven percent, respectively, over previous incumbents. The governor obviously recognizes the importance of competitive incomes when it comes to staffing his own team and has shown no qualms dishing out taxpayer dollars to attract talent. If only that willingness to raise incomes extended beyond the Statehouse.
From Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Governor pays big for talent
On top of hefty raises for administration staff, Statehouse Republicans plan to examine raising the governor’s and other statewide elected officials’ pay this summer. However, in what can only be described as utterly tone-deaf, Statehouse GOP rejected adding a study of how to raise working Hoosiers’ pay in a floor vote during the 2017 legislative session.
It is with great excitement that today we officially announce the members of the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Project class!
Created and operated by volunteers, the Emerging Leaders Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that closely partners with the Indiana Democratic Party to provide free training for up-and-coming young leaders who have an interest in running for office or working on campaigns.
In this, the fifth year of the program, more than 200 Hoosiers from around the state applied for one of the 40 available slots in the class. A selection committee made up of members of the Emerging Leaders Project Inc. Board of Directors, program alumni and representatives from the Indiana Democratic Party recently reviewed the applications and made final selections – a difficult process.
After much consideration, we are proud to welcome the following individuals to the Emerging Leaders Project!
Amy Allen Sekhar, Richmond
Jacob Burnett, Mishawaka
Chris Chyung, Dyer
Aspen Clemons, Anderson
Stephanie Crandall, Fort Wayne
Matt Cummings, Greencastle
Jolie Dalton, Indianapolis
Christina Downey, Noblesville
Bennett Fuson, Indianapolis
Poonam Gill, Fishers
William Grover III, Floyds Knobs
Matthew Gunn, Indianapolis
Lovell Houston, Zionsville
Peter Iversen, Bloomington
Hannah Klass, Newburgh
Kristen Matha, Indianapolis
Pedro Navarrete, Terre Haute
Maria Norman, Fort Wayne
Erika Oliphant, Bloomington
Hanna Omar, Columbus
Matthew Parr, Lafayette
RaCia Poston, Indianapolis
Amanda Qualls, Goshen
Regina Robinson Ungar, Evansville
Michael Rodriguez, Hobart
Ronnie Saunders, Indianapolis
Nic Sigler, Bloomington
Nicholas Siler, Milltown
Andrew Stanley, Indianapolis
Pablo Svirsky, Indianapolis
Susan Turner, Terre Haute
Elizabeth Valencia, Indianapolis
Emily Voorde, South Bend
Elaine Wagner, Columbus
Stephanie Wakeland, Bloomington
Heather Walker, Hobart
James Wells, Carmel
Martha Whitmill, Bloomington
Michelle Wietbrock, West Lafayette
Lauren Zuber, Fort Wayne
To learn more about the Emerging Leaders Project, Inc., the selection process, or to make a donation please visit our website at www.emergingleadersproject.org.
Chair, Emerging Leaders Project, Inc.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement on Republicans’ efforts to end portions of the Affordable Care Act.
“Senator Todd Young and Governor Eric Holcomb confirmed they will fall faithfully in line with Washington DC Republican Party bosses, even if it could cost the Indiana economy billions. This fight saw some Republicans stand up to party leadership and step up for the well-being of their constituents. Young and Holcomb? They stepped back when Hoosiers needed their leadership most. They recklessly endorsed partisan health care “plans” they’d never seen, let alone analyzed. They see governing as a means to create one-sided political victories rather than as a way to forge consensus that ultimately improves the lives of Hoosiers. Even this morning, Young bent to pressure from GOP leaders, voting “yes” on a bad bill that would have undoubtedly resulted in Hoosiers losing health care coverage and that was ultimately rejected by the Senate. Indiana Democrats will continue to bring more people to the table and work with anyone committed to ensuring Hoosiers have access to affordable, high-quality health care. It’s the kind of leadership Hoosiers expect.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement concerning President Donald Trump’s announced ban of transgender individuals serving in the United States military.
“Today, President Trump’s narrow-minded announcement reminds us why we fight for equality under the law for all Hoosiers. It is also clear that Mike Pence’s rigid ideology followed him to Washington. Our nation’s military readiness depends on making sure that our best and brightest can serve, no matter how they identify. The bravery, sacrifice and duty patriotic, transgender Hoosiers demonstrate in defense of our nation should be celebrated by our President, not derided.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement as layoffs begin at Carrier Corporation’s Indianapolis facility.
“Today, 338 Hoosiers will lose their jobs. Jobs that earned $22/hour on average, above the state’s median wage. These families still have bills to pay, still have to get their kids ready for school and now face these realities without the security of a steady paycheck. This isn’t limited to today or Indianapolis. It’s playing out across our state in small towns and large cities alike. The 700 laid off workers at United Technologies’ Huntington facility deserve better. These families deserve better. They deserve empathy and they deserve action. They deserve a governor with a plan to grow the Hoosier economy and grow Hoosiers’ wages. Governor Holcomb continues to maintain a strategic low-profile on the Carrier layoffs and has offered no concrete plan to lift Hoosiers’ stagnant wages. Without a plan from the governor, it seems today’s announcement is just the first of many.”