RELEASE: Terry Branstad Once Again Turns Back on Working Iowans

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For Immediate Release:
January 8, 2014

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Christina Freundlich
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Terry Branstad Once Again Turns Back on Working Iowans

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Minimum Wage Increase Would Help 340,000 Iowans Make Ends Meet

Des Moines – In today’s legislative agenda preview, Governor Terry Branstad said that a minimum wage increase was not in his upcoming legislative agenda, as the Governor continues to turn his back on Iowa’s working families.  Supporting an increase to the minimum wage so that hardworking Iowans can have a decent pay for a day’s work is a simple way to help families make ends meet – and Governor Branstad refuses to do so.

Iowa has consistently ranked among the bottom 10 states for private industry hourly wages.  If the minimum wage were to increase, over 340,000 Iowa workers would see their wages rise, as the new minimum wage rate will exceed their current hourly pay.

“Under Governor Branstad, we have seen our state plummet in job creation, and now the Governor is turning his back on the working men and women that drive our state’s economic success,” said Iowa Democratic Party Scott Brennan.  “Giving tax breaks to the wealthiest and large corporations is the reason we have dramatically fallen behind the rest of the country, and if Terry Branstad would stand up for the increased minimum wage, hundreds of thousands of Iowans would be closer to making a living wage.  The fact is, Terry Branstad has been protecting the interests of corporations and their deep pockets for five terms, and it’s time to elect a Governor that will fight for all Iowans.”

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