Like other states, Indiana has benefited from the improving national economic climate. However, that improvement isn’t finding its way into Hoosier pocketbooks. Over the last four years, we’ve fallen four spots to 38th in the nation in per capita income. The average Hoosier makes $7,000 less than the typical American. Hoosier incomes fall below the national average, even when adjusted for differences in cost of living. Indiana’s wage gap also exceeds the national average; while American women working full time are paid only 79% of U.S. men’s median earnings, in Indiana that number drops to 75%, with men earning an average of $46,273 and women’s salaries averaging $34.846. As a result, Indiana exceeds the national average in poverty rates among women overall (15.2% in Indiana, compared to 14.8% nationwide) and in families headed by single mothers (42.7% in Indiana to 39.8% nationally). Clearly, Indiana doesn’t need simply more jobs—we need better-paying jobs that enable workers—both men and women—to support their families. Attracting such jobs requires a well-educated workforce, so we must support public education from pre-K to college. It also requires that economic development strategies recognize the importance of quality of place to compete for today’s young workers. And to ensure that working people earn sustainable wages, we must raise the minimum wage.