Two bills have been introduced in the Iowa Legislature to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over a three year period.
A recent Des Moines Register poll shows that 65 percent of Iowans favor an increase to working Iowans pay. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) estimates that 216,000 Iowans would be affected by a minimum wage increase. EPI also projects that an increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to up to 1,400 new jobs as people have more resources to access services and goods.
The minimum wage in Iowa was last increased in 2007. Inflation has eroded the purchasing power of the minimum wage in the seven years since it was increased. In fact, if the minimum wage in 1968 ($1.60) was adjusted for inflation it would be $10.74 an hour today.
The bills have not yet been brought up for debate.