Iowa and the Minimum Wage

Once a Leader, Now a Laggard
Iowa’s minimum wage has fallen behind; 29 other states and D.C. are above federal minimum of $7.25

min wage - johnson co characteristicsAn 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

$10.10
IPP fact sheet

Also see: The Cost of Living in Iowa — What it takes to get by in our state




Raising the minimum wage when state lawmakers won’t:
A look at who would gain in Polk County

Often a Boost for Women, Full Time Workers, and People Over 20 Years Old with Education Past High School

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.
min wage - polk co characteristics
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
 

Why a teen wage would be a mistake

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


Raising the minimum wage — a look at who gains in Linn County
Often a Boost for Women, Full Time Workers, and People Over 20 Years Old with Education Past High School

min wage - johnson co characteristicsInaction 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


Raising the minimum wage — a look at who gains in Johnson County
Beyond the Scare Tactics, What Effects Could Johnson County Expect at $10.10 by 2017?

min wage - johnson co characteristicsAt 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

What a $15 Local Minimum Wage Would Look Like
Higher Wage Than Proposed Would Benefit Many Thousands More — A Look at Johnson and Linn Counties
As Congress and the state Legislature have
Johnson Countyforced 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
News release