State of Indiana Archives: on Jobs


Eric Holcomb: Mandated teachers be informed of non-union options

Q: Support "right to work" laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Eric Holcomb: Yes. Touted faster union job growth in Indiana than in Illinois, which is a non-right-to-work state. (Claim supported and opposed.) Signed into law bill mandating that teachers be informed of non-union options.

Woody Myers: No. As governor, would repeal the state's right-to-work legislation and use executive orders to support worker unions.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Eric Holcomb: When minimum wage is raised, cost is passed to consumers

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Eric Holcomb: No. Would rather create livable-wage opportunities. "When people start to raise the minimum wage that cost is just passed on to the consumer."

Woody Myers: Yes. "A fair minimum wage is fundamental to a fair social/economic system. Will support legislation that increases the state's minimum wage."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Woody Myers: Would repeal the state's right-to-work law

Q: Support "right to work" laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Woody Myers: No. As governor, would repeal the state's right-to-work legislation and use executive orders to support worker unions.

Eric Holcomb: Yes. Touted faster union job growth in Indiana than in Illinois, which is a non-right-to-work state. (Claim supported and opposed.) Signed into law bill mandating that teachers be informed of non-union options.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Woody Myers: Would support increasing state's minimum wage

Q: Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Woody Myers: Yes. "A fair minimum wage is fundamental to a fair social/economic system. Will support legislation that increases the state's minimum wage."

Eric Holcomb: No. Would rather create livable-wage opportunities. "When people start to raise the minimum wage that cost is just passed on to the consumer."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Woody Myers: Diversify our economy, improve business environment

While Indiana's economy is growing and more people are working, not everyone is prospering.

I'll immediately work to diversify our economy so we're less susceptible to economic downturns and labor force disruptions. I'll implement policies to improve our business environment, with a focus on recruiting businesses that bring good-paying jobs to all parts of the state and supporting existing businesses with retention policies that help them remain competitive.

Source: 2020 Indiana governor campaign website DrWoodyMyers.com Mar 25, 2020

Woody Myers: We deserve best schools, health care, state creating jobs

Myers said, "I learned very early in my career that the people with the best health were the people who got the best health care. The people with the best insurance are the people with the best jobs. And the people with the best jobs are the people with the best education. All Hoosiers deserve the best schools, the best health care and a state that is creating jobs and opportunities for workers and their families faster than wages are rising."
Source: WTHR TV on 2020 Indiana gubernatorial race Jul 10, 2019

Mike Braun: 2015: opposed increasing Indiana minimum wage to $10.10

Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum wage beyond current $7.25/hr?

Braun: Likely no. In 2015 opposed increasing Indiana minimum wage to $10.10.

Donnelly: Yes. Voted to increase from $7.25 to $10.10, opposed raising to $15.00.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Indiana Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Mike Braun: Cut regulations and red tape and businesses will create jobs

Government is not the driver of new job creation or economic prosperity. And too often it gets in the way with onerous regulations and sky-high taxes. President Trump's work to remove burdensome red tape and lower taxes for families and businesses are a start, but now is the time to double down on empowering the private sector and job creators.

We need a tax code that is simple and fair. We must repeal Obamacare, not repair it, to rein in costs and expand healthcare options. And we must ensure that American jobs are filled by American workers, not outsourced to other countries or given to illegal immigrants.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2018 Indiana Senate incumbents Sep 7, 2018

Andrew Straw: In recessions, increase money supply to create jobs

I am not an economist, but I do know that larger money supply generally increases economic activity. This is why Congress passed deficit spending on things like roads and bridges in 2008-2010 and engaged in bailouts. It is also why the Fed lowered interest rates. When these two things are aligned, they grow the economy and jobs. In fact, more money lowers the value of money, but Congress and the Fed can spread out that value wider. So, increased money supply in fact reduces the value of money that wealthy people have and spreads that value wider, generally speaking. It broadens opportunity while punishing hoarding.

I support job creation programs for people with disabilities and more accommodation for disabled people in the federal workforce. Those with disabilities from being poisoned by the military should never, ever have live in poverty.

Source: OnTheIssues follow-up with 2018 Indiana Senate candidate Mar 2, 2018

Andrew Straw: Visas for high-wage jobs; don't export jobs via trade

Some low-wage jobs were certainly created [by free trade]. It's the WalMart effect. I support certain visas for very skilled foreign workers to move here and generate value. When a visa creates new products and vast wealth, wherever that person lives benefits because other people will work with them. I don't like the idea that high-wage jobs are exported to other places like India or China or Japan or Korea or Russia, for that matter, just so that the price is lower. I would rather have a vibrant tech economy here in the USA. The model of exporting jobs may make sense in some circumstances, but only if job creation in other areas that should not be exported are greater also.

I believe Congress, the Senate, should penalize those who invest overseas and reward those who bring investment dollars back to the USA. The exact tax code changes for that can be negotiated.

Source: OnTheIssues follow-up with 2018 Indiana Senate candidate Mar 2, 2018

Eric Holcomb: Five pillars: 21st century workforce is magnet for jobs

Over the next 10 years we'll need to find 1 million new skilled workers to replace the 700,000 baby boomers who will retire plus the 300,000 new jobs we'll need to create. So I am proposing a set of transformational priorities--my five pillars--aimed at doing exactly that. Most will require long-term commitment and focus. Some will require new resources and new ways of doing business. But all of them must begin today. For 2017, we must:
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Indiana Legislature Jan 17, 2017

Eddie Melton: Support organized labor and good-paying jobs

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 Indiana Governor race Nov 1, 2016

John Gregg: Focus on living-wage jobs, not on social issues

"What we're about is jobs, good-paying jobs," the 16-year veteran of the Indiana House of Representatives who spent six years as speaker of the House said. "We're going to work to close that income gap. It's not just about jobs, it's about living-wage jobs. It's about taking advantage of our opportunities in technology."

The need to "work with local government rather than against it" is something Gregg believes is necessary to strengthen Indiana for the future. "We need to quit hamstringing local government and good things will fall into place," he suggested.

"Sadly, under Mike Pence, Indiana has been given a bad name. While working Hoosiers are falling further and further behind, he's been focused on social issues and telling people how they should live their lives. That's not the business of a governor or any government."

Source: Banner-Graphic coverage of 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Jun 14, 2015

Richard Mourdock: Focus on cutting the deficit and creating jobs

Mourdock introduced himself to voters as an articulate businessman--but a reluctant politician--focused on cutting the deficit and creating jobs.

Lugar characterized himself as a loyal and knowledgeable public servant. Lugar revealed his vulnerability in an election season that hasn't been all that friendly to incumbents.

Analysts watching this race portray it as a referendum on the incumbent and a call for a fresh GOP face in the upper chamber.

Source: RealClearPoitics.com coverage of 2012 Indiana Senate debates Apr 12, 2012

Mitch Daniels: Support Right to Work and Indiana will add jobs faster

In survey after survey, by margins of 2 to 1 or more, Hoosiers support the principle known as Right to Work. After a year of studying the proposal, I agree.

The idea, that no worker should be forced to pay union dues as a condition of keeping a job, is simple, and just. But the benefits in new jobs would be large: a third or more of growing or relocating businesses will not consider a state that does not provide workers this protection. Almost half our fellow states have right to work laws. As a group, they are adding jobs faster, growing worker income faster, and enjoying lower unemployment rates than those of us without a law.

Among the minority favoring the status quo, passion on this issue is strong, and I respect that. I did not come lightly, or quickly, to the stance I take now. If this proposal limited in any way the right to organize, I would not support it. But we just cannot go on missing out on the middle class jobs our state needs, just because of this one issue.

Source: Indiana 2012 State of the State Address Jan 10, 2012

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