If the minimum wage is increased to $15 per hour, nearly half of Iowa’s workforce could get a raise. The federal minimum wage has stayed at $7.25 per hour for the past 12 years. Congressional Democrats talked about raising that to $15 as part of an overall budget move and said COVID-19’s impact on families should be an extra reason to make this change. Iowa Congresswoman Ashley Hinson disagrees. She said a $15 minimum wage would be harmful to Iowa and a “death wish” for small businesses in the state.
Since Michael Franken finished second to Theresa Greenfield in the four-person U.S. Senate Democratic primary last year, the retired Navy vice admiral has pondered his future. Here’s one factor Franken admitted he doesn’t like about running for office.
Iowa’s COVID-19 vaccine allotment is among the lowest in the country. John Forbes, a part-time lawmaker and a full-time pharmacist, said it’s been a stressful experience trying to get Iowans vaccinated. He said there are a few moments that really stand out in the middle of this chaos, and they show how scarce vaccines are for those searching for them.
Franken returns for the Insiders Quick 6.