President Obama is expected to address income inequality in his State of the Union Address tomorrow night. It’s been a divisive issue, especially when it comes to questions like whether the federal minimum wage should be raised, and whether women should by default earn the same salaries as men for for doing the same work.
Pinellas Republican congressional hopeful David Jolly, a former lobbyist and aide to US Rep. Bill Young, lobbied on behalf of conservative group Free Enterprise Nation on the Paycheck Fairness Act, records show. That act has to do with encouraging equal pay for men and women. The head of Tamp-based Free Enterprise Nation, Jim MacDougald, has said in cable news appearances that he does not believe government should not be able to decide how industry is run, and that the market is good at self-regulating.
This isn’t the only controversial issue Jolly has lobbied on - he’s had to defend his record on offshore oil drilling, Social Security and Medicare. He has said that he listed those issues on disclosure forms when they came up during discussion as a means of over-complying with disclosure laws.
Democrat Alex Sink, meanwhile, said she supports wage equality.
"I am a strong and passionate supporter of equal pay for equal work," she said in a written statement provided by her campaign.