Mayor Buttigieg speaks at conference after releasing economic policy
INDIANAPOLIS – South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke at the National Urban League Conference in Indianapolis on Friday, the same day that he unveiled his economic plan he would implement were he elected president.
Buttigieg’s policy positions that stand out the most include equal pay and promotion in addition to a 15 dollars-an-hour minimum wage.
Buttigieg says that his plan will benefit over 33 million workers.
Many, however, have criticized the wage increase, including the Indiana Chamber, which released a statement on Buttigieg’s proposed economic policy.
The Chamber said in part, “While it's good to see Hoosier leaders on the national stage, much of Mayor Pete's economic plan would be bad for the business community, the workforce, and the economy."
According to a report by the Congressional Budget Office, the wage increase could result in 1.3 million lost jobs.
This all comes as Mayor Buttitgieg spoke at a conference held by the National Urban League, a civil rights organization.
Buttigieg has struggled in proving that he can secure a substantial portion of the black vote.
Other presidential candidates who spoke at the conference include Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Joe Biden.