It’s been one of the most talked about political issues across the country; raising the minimum wage, but the effort appears dead at the Iowa Statehouse for the year.
Adam Young started at the bottom, working as kitchen staff at Leaning Tower of Pizza in Ankeny.
Now Young looks forward to one thing as a manager, “The pay check,” he laughs.
Novice pizza makers make $7.25 and have the chance to eventually make more. Right now, the lower wages allows young to keep a full staff and keep pizza prices low. For that reason, young is glad the nearly 3 dollar increase won’t make it any further in the legislation process.
“My personal thought it that it would be a bad thing on the economy itself because it`s a lot to have to pay every employee that much.”
Senator Jack Hatch thought the increase would be worth it.
“We see this not only as an opportunity to raise wages bur also an opportunity for people to be less dependent on government services.”
Hatch says republicans have never supported minimum wage. Although, democrats have the majority in the Senate, they could have passed the higher wage without any republicans. Democrats failed to do so.
“We’re disappointed we could not get enough republicans to bring this out to have a fair debate on it.”
In his race for Governor, Hatch says he’ll keep the topic of debate alive. Until then, managers, like Young, say the minimum wage should stay where it is.
“It’s an entrance job, if you want to go higher you can either work hard to get there or go to school and become something else,” says Young.
The Governor’s office did not comment on the bill. Instead they said they are more focused on bringing more jobs to the state.