Final Vote Tuesday on Polk County Minimum Wage Hike

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County could soon be Iowa’s fourth county to bump up its minimum wage.

The Polk County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday morning for a third and final time on a plan to do so. That plan would hike the minimum wage to $10.75 an hour over three years.

The plan includes a measure to pay employees under the age of 18 less than what adults would earn. Minors would be paid 85-percent of the wage.

Some claim that’s age discrimination while others say it will ensure there are jobs available for teens.

Cities will also be able to opt out of the rate.

West Des Moines has already vowed to do so. That’s because West Des Moines spreads across multiple counties.

Johnson, Linn, and Wapello counties have already approved similar proposals to increase the minimum wage.