A proposed bill would raise Indiana's minimum wage to $15 by 2021.
The legislation, Senate Bill 121, was introduced in early January by Senator Frank Mrvan (D-1). If passed, the legislation would ensure the minimum wage increases to $15 an hour by 2021.
The increase would be spread out over three years with the first increase happening in June 20, 2019. That increase would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour. The second increase would happen the following year, raising the minimum wage to $13 an hour. The final increase to $15 an hour would happen on June 30, 2021.
Besides raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the proposed legislation would ensure that every year the hourly minimum wage would increase at the same percentage as any increase in the Consumer Price Index for the preceding calendar year.
This legislation was on the of the items brought up in the Senate Democrats agenda for the 2018 legislative session. Bill author Sen. Mrvan said in the 2017 address that the caucus is focused on its efforts to increase the minimum wage.
“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again and keep saying it again until all politicians take it seriously,” Sen. Mrvan said. “No person should work 40 hours a week and still not be able to put food on the table, pay their electricity bill, afford child care, or put gas in their cars.”
There are some exceptions to the increase. The legislation details that "persons performing services not in the course of the employing unit's trade or business" and "those persons employed in executive, administrative, or professional occupations who have the authority to employ or discharge and who earn $150 or more a week, and outside salesmen." are exempt from the rate increase. Employers that have less than two employees during a work week are also exempt from the change.
So far, the bill has not moved out of the Committee on Pensions and Labor. It was referred there after its first reading on January 3. You can read the full bill below or by clicking here.