No Minimum Wage Increase In Iowa
Looks like Iowans won't be getting a pay raise anytime soon. Iowa's minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009, making it very difficult to make a living for some working in Iowa.
WQAD reports that a senate committee has approved a bill that would ban local governments from raising the minimum wage in Iowa, effectively causing pay cuts for some workers. The bill would prohibit cities or counties from adopting or enforcing ordinances that raise the minimum hourly wage above the state level of $7.25. That would override wage increases approved in Polk, Johnson, Linn, and Wapello counties.
The current minimum wage calculates out to $290 a week, and about $15,000 a year. Illinois Minimum wage is a dollar higher at $8.25 per hour and will be $11.00 per hour by July of this year.