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Push to unify minimum wage statewide sparks local concern

February 14, 2017

The Daily Nonpareil

Tim Rohwer

February 11, 2017

A bill just introduced in the Republican-led Iowa House that would cap the minimum wage at its current level of $7.25 per hour and make it uniform across the state, something that’s not in effect right now. A local lawmaker, however, sees more to it than that. “It’s just the beginning of an erosion for home rule,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh. “A city should have the power to make local laws.”

Members of the House Local Government Committee on Thursday voted 12-9 along party lines to approve legislation to bar cities and counties from establishing their own minimum wage levels, among other things, and capping the minimum wage at its current level of $7.25. Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa, R-Council Bluffs, believes the state should have a uniform wage. “But, I would not cap it at $7.25,” she said. “We should at least look and discuss the possibility of raising the minimum wage.”

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