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South Bend Mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled his economic plan last week pushing to increase the minimum wage and expand unions. Reactions to the plan in Buttigieg’s home state have been mixed.

Purdue University

The issue of free speech on a college campus has already been tested at Purdue in 2016.

From anti-abortion protestors using fiery rhetoric in an effort to rile up passersby to a University employee posting threats of rape on social media, the newly-adopted “Chicago principles” of free speech have been tested almost to their limits.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask if the school put itself in a tough spot by advocating for expanded freedom of expression.

Indiana Coalition Calls For Higher Minimum Wage

Jan 26, 2015
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A coalition of Indiana groups rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Monday calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

Indiana Institute for Working Families Senior Policy Analyst Derek Thomas says the current $7.25 an hour is far from enough needed to support families.

Thomas says $10.10 an hour is more in line with what the number should be when inflation dating to 1968 is considered.

Thomas says the rise in poverty affects everyone, including the middle class, members of which are also feeling the pinch.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota are all Republican strongholds, but they all passed binding referenda last week to increase the minimum wage.

Indiana doesn’t legislate by referendum. Democrats say they plan to propose an increase in the upcoming General Assembly, but Senate Pensions and Labor Chairman Phil Boots says he doesn’t plan to give those bills a hearing.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s up to the employer and the employee to set their wages and benefits etc., so I don’t think we need to get involved,” Boots said.

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Ralph Nader doesn't know why Democrats aren't making raising the minimum wage a bigger issue during the campaign. He says there's a clear cut difference between Democrats and Republicans on the topic.

He made the comments before speaking on "Corporatism and Social Class" at Purdue.