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Branstad considers statewide minimum wage hike

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Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he will explore a statewide increase in the minimum wage,  which would replace minimum-wage hikes that have been approved in four counties in Iowa. 

Branstad has not given a a specific number, but he said he;s looking into raising the statewide minimum wage.

The current state minimum wage is $7.25, and has been since 2008.

The possibility of a statewide minimum wage comes after four Iowa counties made waves by approving minimum wage hikes.

Johnson County was the first to establish a higher minimum wage this time last year. Linn, Wapello, and Polk counties followed suit. 

In all four counties, the wage hikes are set to adjust in gradual phases. Gov. Branstad noting that the inconsistency between minimum wages in different counties are a point of concern. 

"I think it would be wise for us to carefully review the workforce and what the needs are out there and look at what neighboring states have done what is competitive," said Gov. Branstad.  "And I would prefer we would have a uniform state wide minimum wage rather than a hodge podge of county by county, city by city that I think could be very confusing for people."

Gov. Branstad has not made a commitment to any specific number but did say that $15.00 an hour is likely "not realistic."

Branstad said he'd like to meet with party leaders after the elections to see what can be accomplished in the next session.

Although Branstad supports a statewide minimum wage approach, he has not formally made any commitment to increase the wage. 

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