While some are waiting for the temperatures to go up, many are waiting to find out if the minimum wage will, too.
A new poll by the Des Moines Register found 65 percent of Iowans support raising the minimum wage rate 31 percent from the current $7.25 an hour. The poll showed the issue is a bipartisan one; only 45 percent of Iowa Republicans want the raise while 89 percent of Iowa Democrats support it.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch said he wants to up the rate in the state to $10.10. In Congress, Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin said he’s working to push the federal rate to the same $10.10 level by 2016.