construction_smallEmpowering the working-class and providing tools for growth of Hoosier-owned businesses are key elements to a thriving social, economic, and political democracy. When working-class Hoosiers earn a living wage, they are also spending, which plays a critical role in the development and success of small businesses. Moreover, I believe Indiana would benefit from a graduated income tax. In addition, many low-income seniors and families struggle to “make ends meet” and carry the burden of the wealthy.