Local business, labor and academic leaders will debate whether Congress should raise the minimum wage on WNIT's "Politically Speaking" television show Sunday, March 9.
The guests will be Tony Flora, president of the North Central AFL-CIO; Marty Wolfson, professor of economics and director of the Higgins Center for Labor Studies at the University of Notre Dame; Kyle Hannon, president/CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce; and Jim Rogers, associate faculty member in the Leighton School of Business & Economics at Indiana University South Bend.
All of the panelists have participated in such debates recently in South Bend and Elkhart, but they weren't televised.
IUSB professor Elizabeth Bennion will host the program, broadcast live on Channel 34.1 each Sunday at 2 p.m. and rebroadcast Monday at 3 p.m. on 34.2.
Congress is scheduled later this month to debate a bill by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour by 2015. Proponents say the hike is needed to catch minimum wage earners up with inflation, while critics say it will cost too many jobs.
Viewers watching live are encouraged to phone questions in to 574-675-9648.