Linn County’s Minimum Wage Increase Could Be Delayed

Linn County’s minimum wage increase could be delayed next year.

This fall, the County Board of Supervisors voted to raise the county’s minimum wage to 8-25 an hour. The minimum wage would increase a dollar a year up to 10-25 an hour in 2019.

The minimum wage increase was set to go into effect January 1st, but the Supervisors may now push that back until July 1st. According to our coverage partner, KCRG-TV9, the reason for a possible delay is the upcoming legislative session. The Iowa Legislature, which will be controlled by a single party, wants to set a statewide minimum wage versus having each county set their own.

The Linn County Supervisors have heard concerns about the minimum wage increase from a number of small businesses. The Board is interested in hearing opinions at their meeting on Wednesday, which starts at 10 am.