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Harkin, Braley urge minimum wage hike

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NORWALK (KWWL) - Two Iowa Democrats are campaigning to raise the minimum wage.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley visited a meat packing plant in Norwalk on Sunday.

Braley is running for Harkin’s Senate seat this fall. The two have both fought to increase the minimum wage to $10.10.

They think it would help lift thousands of Iowans out of poverty.

The minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. Iowans making that and working 40 hours per week make $15,000 per year.

Rep. Braley says a low minimum wage has slowed down the economy.

“300,000 Iowans would see their wages increased if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and restored its purchasing power," Rep. Braley said. "They’ve been the ones losing the ability to pay for things because the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living.”

According to a Des Moines Register poll, 65 percent of Iowans believe the minimum wage should be increased.

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