The crowd did not hold back, freely expressing their concerns. Especially on the topic of minimum wage.
“I came along with many other concern members of Terre Haute, to ask questions of our representative about raising the minimum wage. It’s a major concern for working families and individuals in our community, and many see it as a way to improve our economy,” said Terre Haute citizen, Jeanne Rewa.
It’s a big issue that has been sweeping the Nation. Here in Indiana it’s known as Bill 41. Senator Karen Tallian has proposed this bill to increase the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
“I believe it’s only a matter of time before Indiana joins other states and other communities and raising the minimum wage,” said Rewa.
But the question remains, how do legislators feel about this bill?
“I think businesses should be allowed to decided whether to raise their rate, their wages or not. businesses should be allow to decided if they need a quality person they are probably have to pay more,” said State Sen. John Ford, R-Terre Haute.
“We don’t want to go back to that. That’s not a part of Capitalism. When capitalism works the best when people make the most money and they spend it and the economy grows,” said Indiana State Rep. Clyde Kersey, D- Terre Haute.
Protestors were concerned about some of the statements from the lawmakers. However they are still hopeful.
“I have concerns about that, but I do know that many people have been reaching out to these representatives and others. There is a huge amount of momentum around the country to raise minimum wage,” said Rewa.