Too many Iowans struggle to pay their bills. Low wages and rapidly rising housing costs are squeezing their household budget and forcing families to make hard choices. One unexpected expense - a sick child or flat tire - can send a family on the path to eviction or homelessness.
In 2019, an estimated 1 in 5 working Iowa families did not earn enough to meet their most basic needs.
Iowa’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2008. That’s not enough money to rent a studio apartment anywhere in Iowa. And a modest two-bedroom unit – enough to hold your kids? That would require more than $12.50/hour in Jackson, Clinton or Scott Counties.
Rural areas might offer cheaper rent, but workers living in rural Iowa require dependable transportation to get to their jobs. How do you pay for transportation, food, health care, AND a place to live? It is past time to raise Iowa’s minimum wage.
I pledge to work to raise Iowa’s minimum wage to a living wage.