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House Democrat proposes minimum wage increase
State Rep. Bruce Hunter, D-Des Moines, has introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage in Iowa.
This bill, House File 130, would increase the state minimum hourly wage to $7.50 as of Jan. 1, 2012, and $8 as of July 1, 2012. The last time the Iowa legislature increased the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 was in 2007, when Gov. Chet Culver was in office.
Last week, when state Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola, tried to force a debate in the Senate on legislation passed by the House to amend the constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages or civil unions, Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, likened it to a past Democratic struggle in the Senate.
Gronstal said he appreciated Republicans’ frustration on the inability to force a debate, saying it was similar to the way Democrats tried unsuccessfully for years to bring forward a proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage under Republican control.