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Hogsett Opposes Council Democrats' "Living Wage" Ordinance

Mayor: Proposed raises for city employees inappropriate with city trying to close $22M deficit

A so-called "living wage" ordinance introduced by City-County Council Democrats faces opposition from Democratic Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Council Democrats will hold a hearing in two weeks on their proposal to require government employees be paid at least $13 an hour. They say raising the pay of workers below that level would cost a half-million dollars a year. 

Hogsett notes one of his top priorities since becoming mayor has been to fix a budget which saw the city spending $50 million dollars more than it was taking in when he took office. Hogsett says he looks forward to being able to give city workers a raise, but with the city still $22 million dollars in the red, now isn't the time. 

Hogsett says he's talked to council members from both parties to make sure they know where he stands.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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