WOODBURY COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE DECLINED TO CONSIDER FORMING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY AN INCREASE IN THE COUNTY’S MINIMUM WAGE.
THE BOARD VOTED 3-2 ON A RESOLUTION BY CHAIRMAN JEREMY TAYLOR, WHICH SHIFTS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF AN INCREASE ON CITIES AND TOWNS:
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COUNTY SUPERVISOR JACKIE SMITH VOTED AGAINST THE RESOLUTION AND SAYS THERE IS A MYTH THAT ONLY TEENAGERS ARE IMPACTED BY THE CURRENT MINIMUM WAGE OF $7.25 AN HOUR:
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SUPERVISOR MARK MONSON VOTED WITH THE MAJORITY, SAYING THE MINIMUM WAGE RATE IS NOT A COUNTY ISSUE:
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TAYLOR, MONSON AND MATTHEW UNG VOTED FOR TAYLOR’S RESOLUTION WITH SMITH AND LARRY CLAUSEN VOTING NO.
Polk County officials have given initial approval to an increase in the minimum wage.
Supervisors Tuesday gave the first of three approvals needed to increase the wage from the state and federal rate of $7.25 an hour to $10.75 by January 2019.
The wage would climb to $8.75 by April, $9.75 in January 2018 and finally $10.75.
If the increase goes through, Polk County would be Iowa’s fourth country to raise the minimum wage, following action by Johnson, Linn and Wapello counties.
Polk County, with about 450,000 residents, has the largest population of Iowa’s 99 counties.
Minimum wage increases have come up repeatedly at the Legislature, but proposals have failed because of opposition by Republican lawmakers.