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Johnson County supervisors consider ‘symbolic’ minimum wage increase


Johnson County supervisors intend to stick to a promise the board made more than two years ago — despite being barred from enforcing the change, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. This week, supervisors will consider a symbolic 17-cent increase to the local minimum wage, currently set at $10.10 an hour. Local control of minimum wage ordinances was abolished in 2017 by the Iowa Legislature, which affirmed $7.25 an hour as the state minimum wage. “Obviously this is more symbolic than anything, but we said we were going to raise the minimum wage,” Supervisor Mike Carberry told the Gazette.

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