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Group Lobbying for Increase in Iowa’s Minimum Wage

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A group called “Raise the Wage Iowa” is kicking kick off a day of action Tuesday, urging lawmakers to vote on minimum wage.

The current minimum wage in Iowa is $7.25 an hour.

In February, the Iowa Senate passed an increase to $8.75 an hour, but it’s facing an uphill battle in the House. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says the state should be focused on higher paying jobs instead.

The day of action urges the House to take up a vote before the funnel deadline this Friday.

“Raise the Wage Iowa” members start at the State Capitol at 9:30 a.m. They will then go to Clear Lake, Hiawatha, Macedonia, and then Waterloo.

Three of those towns are the House districts of the representatives they blame for blocking a minimum wage increase, Kraig Paulsen, Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, and Labor Committee chair Greg Forristall.

2 comments

  • ervserver

    Branstad will never agree to raise the minimum wage, Republicans want a distinct line between the rich and poor

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