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posted Feb 15, 2016, 11:43 AM by Lane Siekman   [ updated Aug 22, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

NEWS ITEM: As Donald Trump was criticizing Carrier’s decision to slash over 1,400 Hoosier jobs, Mike Pence only called it “disappointing” and couldn’t specify which federal rule was to blame for the decision to cut jobs in the state. – Indianapolis Business Journal, 2.12.16

The biggest issue surrounding American jobs is wages. 140,000 workers have received pink slips during President Trump’s first six months in office, as companies continue to ship jobs offshore. American workers have lost jobs due to outsourcing to Mexico or China or due to improvements in automation. Wages have fallen by 1.4 percent nationwide and too many of the jobs available today in Indiana are low wage, low skill positions which just don’t cut it. Lane Siekman believes that America has to do better at creating decent jobs with good wages especially for working class people. He supports a $15 hour minimum wage. It now requires a job with a wage of over $21 an hour for a single person with one child to live above the poverty level in the 6th District. Companies that outsource American jobs must face consequences for their decisions.