MASON CITY, Iowa – U.S. Rep Bruce Braley made a stop in north Iowa on Tuesday.
The congressman spent time hosting a round table discussion at the North Iowa Community Action Organization (NICAO) Family Resource Center in Mason City. The goal of the meeting was to discuss his ideas about raising the minimum wage on a federal level, and how important this could be to Iowans.
The issue of raising the minimum wage has already been taken up on a state level in 11 different states; Minnesota being one of the most recent states to make wage changes. Braley tells us that, because these states have successfully implemented higher wages, it’s a positive sign of things to come on a national level.
The idea is to raise wages from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour nationwide. In doing this, people who work full-time at minimum-wage jobs across the country will have a higher salary to live on, and will have more disposable income to put back into the economy.
Braley tells us that over the years, people working these minimum wage jobs have, “lost 30% of their purchasing power since the minimum-wage was last increased at the federal level.” He explains that this is because the wages haven’t been adjusted appropriately to keep up with inflation.
“I think we need to restore it,” he says, “and we need to index it for inflation and take it out of the political arena.”