(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg wants equal pay for working women.
Indiana women earn 74 cents to every dollar a man makes, below the national average of 79 cents. The figure is even lower for minorities.
"The gender wage gap in Indiana is the fifth worst in the country, and that is just unacceptable. We know we can do better,” Gregg said.
Gregg, a Democrat, says if he’s elected, he’ll see that the state take steps to bring women’s pay in line with men’s.
He proposes four specific plans of action: publicize organizations that promote equal pay, create a governor’s award to recognize businesses that support equal pay, create a phone hotline to report workplace incidents against women, and offer women more vocational training programs.
"When we talk about women’s issues, what we are really talking about is fairness. We are talking about making sure our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives are treated with dignity, and have their work rewarded with wages the same as any other citizen," said Gregg.
The former Indiana House Speaker criticized Republican gubernatorial opponent Congressman Mike Pence for voting against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.