Des Moines County democrats propose wage hike
DES MOINES (AP) — The Des Moines County Democratic Party has proposed a $12 hourly minimum wage.
The Hawk Eye reports that the party presented the proposal to the county board of supervisors on Tuesday. Iowa sets its minimum wage at the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.
County Democratic Party chairwoman Sandy Dockendorff says requiring businesses to pay higher wages would decrease the amount of money government must pay to assist the working poor.
Board chairman Tom Broeker argued that increasing the minimum wage would lead to more unemployment. Supervisor Bob Beck says the minimum wage should be increased at the state level, not county-by-county.
Linn, Johnson and Wapello counties have recently passed ordinances to gradually raise their minimum wage.
Gov. Terry Branstad said earlier this year that he would consider signing a bill increasing the statewide minimum wage.