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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun's virtual town hall covers wages, energy, health care and more

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) fielded questions from Hoosiers in a virtual town hall Thursday on a wide range of topics – from wage growth to health care costs and energy issues.

On several issues, Braun expressed reluctance for solutions that would involve the federal government. That includes lowering prescription drug costs and improving racial wealth disparities.

On others, he said it wasn’t a job for the federal government, but one for the state to address, such as the gender pay gap and the minimum wage.

“And if states have a minimum wage which is too low, you’re gonna find people will decide in the long run to maybe do something else,” Braun said.

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Braun, who has tried to become a climate change leader in Congress, got several questions about the state’s energy future. The Hoosier Republican said, in the long run, the “cleanest, most affordable fuel should carry the day.”

“And that could even be things like advanced nuclear technology, where our own Purdue University has done some things to make that more doable,” Braun said.

The event was organized by Indiana Town Halls, a nonpartisan group promoting greater interaction between the public and members of Congress.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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