Linn County is putting together a task force of small business leaders, union representatives, service providers and people with minimum wage experience to make a recommendation to the Linn County Board of Supervisors on raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour. Recently, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors raised the minimum wage to $10.10/hour over the next three years. I applaud their leadership in instituting this increase, but many voices were not heard on the impact of raising the minimum wage, particularly service providers for mental health and disability services. While the minimum wage issue has been studied, we are taking the prudent path of exploring the issue to understand the impact in Linn County. We want to hear differing points of view. We want to know the pro’s and the con’s from people who have to provide jobs at those wages and those who live on those wages.
I recently spoke with Dean Borg of Iowa Public Radio on this issue: http://iowapublicradio.org/post/linn-county-considers-minimum-wage-hike
The state of Iowa may take up this issue this legislative session, but are still moving ahead with our exploration of this issue since it may be unlikely with all the legislature has to solve this session that a minimum wage discussion will take place.
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