Indiana Town Halls
Senator Mike Braun (R) A Conversation on Jobs and the Economy
Mike Braun is the Junior U.S. Senator representing Indiana. In the Senate, he serves on the Aging Committee, Agriculture Committee, Budget Committee, Appropriations Committee, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). From 2014 through 2017 he served in the Indiana State House of Representatives representing the 63rd district. Before being elected to congress in 2018, Braun was the CEO of Meyer Distributing and the co-founder of Crystal Farms, inc. He graduated from Wabash College and earned a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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- 1. Opening statement
- 2. How can Hoosiers work together to lower the gender pay gap?
- 3. Will you support expansion of the renewable energy sector?
- 4. How does the U.S. government work with the private sector to ensure that artificial intelligence and new technologies support both economic growth and democracy?
- 5. Will you support expansion of the renewable energy sector?
- 6. Where do you stand on the issue of raising the debt ceiling?
- 7. What would you suggest to help the school system provide opportunities for students aspiring to go into apprenticeship programs and trade schools?
- 8. What can be done to lower prescription drug prices for Hoosiers?
- 9. What solutions would you like to see to better support caregivers?
- 10. Why is there reluctance in congress to create funding mechanisms for traditional infrastructure projects?
- 11. How are you working to address the inadequate minimum wage at the federal and state level?
- 12. How would you reform immigration to allow for the hiring of both low and high skilled workers from other countries?
- 13. What do you recommend be done to boost Indiana’s ranking among states in terms of wage growth?
- 14. What policies would you support to address racial wealth disparities?
- 15. After voting against the American Rescue Plan, how do you propose we increase opportunity?
- 16. What steps is congress taking to improve the economic prospects for young people?
- 17. What can be done to ensure that Indiana farmers are able to participate in carbon markets?
- 18. How will you ensure that minority owned businesses have equitable access to aid programs and incentives?
- 19. How do we get people who have stepped out of the workforce to participate in it again?
- 20. What can congress do to make sure that women recapture the economic gains they were making before the pandemic?
- 21. What would you do to ensure that quality child care is both affordable and accessible, while ensuring that caregivers are paid a living wage?
- 22. Do you support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to provide legal clarity and protection for pregnant workers?
- 23. Would you support increased social media and other outreach efforts to make it easier to access existing social programs?
- 24. Why isn’t Congress doing more to invest in the ports and inland waterways?
- 25. What solutions can congress put forth to support the sustainability and viability of rural hospitals?
- 26. What is your position on solar and solar energy policy in Indiana?
- 27. Closing statement
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