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Des Moines Mayor Supports Minimum Wage Increase for City Workers

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines’ mayor is stepping in to comment on the hot-button issue of a local minimum wage.

Mayor Frank Cownie told the Des Moines Register he supports a $15 an hour minimum wage for full-time city workers and he’s now pushing for the city to make it a reality.

This comes as Polk County is considering a wage change of its own.

The current proposal is to bump minimum wage to $8.75 an hour the first year then increase it by $1 for the next three years.

It would be the county’s first increase in over a decade.

Cownie says a Des Moines increase would only apply to city workers until the county makes its decision.