2 Center for American Progress Action Fund | The Failure to Raise the Minimum Wage Hurts Iowa’s Families and Economy
Ernst’s views on raising the federal minimum wage stand in stark contrast to the majority of Iowans
Troughou her campaign or U.S. Senae, Joni Erns has been vocal in her opposiion o raising he ederal minimum wage. During an inerview wih Iowa Public Radio, she remarked, “I do no suppor a ederal minimum wage. Every sae has a diﬀeren economy, diﬀeren cos o living.”
She does no believe “he ederal governmen should be involved in seting he minimum wage,”
and insead believes ha his is a sae issue. Erns has also publicly saed ha a minimum wage o $7.25 per hour, which ranslaes o roughly $15,000 per year, is “appropriae or Iowa.”
She opposes a ederal minimum wage, even hough 57 percen o Iowans suppor iincluding 53 percen o independen voers.
Addiionally, voers disagree wih her sance ha $7.25 per hour is appropriae or Iowa. In ac, when asked wheher hey could sup-por heir amilies on he minimum-wage salary o $7.25, 80 percen o Iowans said hey could noincluding 70 percen o Republicans and 78 percen o independens.
Polling also shows ha 65 percen o Iowans suppor raising he curren minimum wage o $7.25 an hourincluding 45 percen o Iowa Republicans.
Addiionally, 53 percen o Iowans suppor raising he ederal minimum wage rom $7.25 per hour o $10.10 per hour.
Insead o supporing policies ha would ensure ha Iowans who work hard have more and beter opporuniies o ge ahead, Erns suppors an exreme posiion ha would hur hardworking Iowans and he overall economy.
Failing to raise the minimum wage keeps money out of workers’ pockets.
Raising he minimum wage o $10.10 per hour would increase wages or 306,000 Iowans by a oal o $430,462,000.
Opposing a minimum-wage increase denies hese workers a much-neededand much-deservedraise.
Failing to raise the minimum wage keeps Iowans poor.
A $10.10 minimum wage would reduce Iowa’s nonelderly povery rae by more han 9 percen, rom 10.9 per-cen o 9.8 percen, and would lif more han 26,000 Iowans ou o povery.
Failing to raise the minimum wage hurts women in particular.
57.8 percen o Iowans who would beneﬁ rom a minimum-wage hike are women.
By opposing rais-ing he minimum wage, Erns is disproporionaely huring women.
Failing to raise the minimum wage hurts the economy.
Increasing he minimum wage o $10.10 would boos he Iowa economy by $272,483,000.
No raising he minimum wage prevens Iowa rom growing is economy.