Indiana House hopeful Jodi Buoscio calls for minimum wage increase

Democrat Jodi Buoscio said she'll push for a minimum wage hike at the state level if federal officials don't take action.

Posted on Feb. 20, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

Jodi Buoscio, Democratic hopeful for the District 21 seat in the Indiana House, favors increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

"If a minimum wage raise does not pass at the federal level, you can count on me to work in our state legislature to raise the minimum wage for Hoosiers," she said in a statement sent Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Buoscio, a teacher at Elkhart Memorial High School, is vying for the seat held by Republican Tim Wesco, who is seeking his third term this year. District 21 covers west-central Elkhart County, including southern Elkhart, and northeastern St. Joseph County.

"We need jobs that will pay living wages to lift our workers out of poverty and rebuild our middle class," Buoscio said. "I will work for and support our working poor. I believe that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 (an) hour will help move them into the middle class."

The current federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, "is a poverty wage," said Buoscio.

Follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack.

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