Twenty-nine states — including five of Iowa's neighbors — now have a minimum wage that exceeds the federal. In 18 states, workers just got a raise because the state minimum is indexed to inflation. Meanwhile Iowa’s low-wage workers continue for 10 years running to see their wages eroded by inflation, with no relief in sight.
Guest opinion by Peter Fisher in the Cedar Rapids Gazette 2/4/2018
Why low-wage proponents get it wrong.
Iowa Policy Points post 2/12/2018
An increase in Iowa’s minimum wage would benefit hundreds of thousands of Iowa workers. If raised to $12 an hour, some 413,000 workers would benefit.
IPP Backgrounder Updated 3/7/16
Economic Policy Institute report 4/30/15
IPP fact sheet
Also see: The Cost of Living in Iowa — What it takes to get by in our state
Inaction by Congress and state legislatures has led many cities and counties to adopt a local minimum wage, including Johnson County in Iowa. But what would it look like in counties considering whether to do the same, such as Polk and Linn counties? We show that a $12 or $15 county minimum wage, phased in by 2019 or 2021, would raise the incomes of at least 60,000 to 88,000 workers in Polk County; the majority would be full-time workers and over a third would be parents.
IPP Policy Brief 5/16/16
News release 5/16/16
“income in the local economy would rise by $230 million to $444 million. This in turn would increase spending in local retail and service businesses, boosting economic activity and supporting jobs.”
— IPP’s Peter Fisher
A new two-page fact sheet from the National Employment Law Project says a teenagers' subminimum wage, being discussed in Polk County's consideration of a minimum wage increase, would hurt teen workers and their families, and offer few benefits for employers.
IPP Policy Brief 8/22/16
Inaction by Congress and state legislatures has led many cities and counties to adopt a local minimum wage. A $10.10 county minimum wage, phased in by 2017, would raise the incomes of at least 18,400 workers in Linn County, the majority of them full-time workers, and most (4 out of 5) age 20 or older.
IPP Policy Brief 1/11/16
IPP 1-page backgrounder 1/13/16
Johnson County at $10.10 9/30/15
“The increased incomes of low-wage workers would in turn increase spending in local retail and service establishments, boosting the local economy. ”
— IPP’s Peter Fisher
With a $15 minimum wage, an IPP report projects benefits to 19,300 workers in Johnson County and 24,300 in Linn County. Full Report or news release 8/11/15
At least 10,000 low-wage workers stand to get a pay raise by the time the Johnson County minimum wage is increased to $10.10 in 2017. Take a look at the makeup of those who would benefit.
IPP Backgrounder 9/30/15
As Congress and the state Legislature have
forced Iowans to wait almost eight years for action, a new report projects benefits to 19,300 workers in Johnson County and 24,300 in Linn County if a $15 minimum wage were adopted locally.
Full Report 8/11/15