Linn County plans to enact a new higher minimum wage on Jan. 1, despite a request from one supervisor to delay the move until summer.
Our coverage partner KCRG says Supervisor Brent Oleson requested the delay until July 1 because he believes state lawmakers will throw out all county wage ordinances in the upcoming legislative session.
Oleson thought he had the support of two supervisors to approve the delay. But when the formal vote came Wednesday afternoon, Supervisor James Houser said he had changed his mind based on new information.
Linn County supervisors voted in September to raise the $7.25 minimum wage by a dollar each Jan. 1 until 2019, when it will reach $10.25.
The vote Wednesday to keep the county minimum wage hike passed 3-2.
(story courtesy of AP)