A $15 minimum wage would benefit Iowans, the economy
A minimum wage increase may be out of the latest federal Covid relief bill, but it must remain a priority for lawmakers. Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would boost the earnings of 30 percent of workers in our state. Iowa's current $7.25 per hour minimum, in place for 13 years, has failed to keep up with the cost of living, forcing many Iowa workers to scrape together multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Iowans working at minimum wage — folks who care for children, gather groceries and perform all those other tasks that we so clearly recognize now as essential to our well-being — need a living wage of $15 an hour. Read our fact sheet.