- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature haven’t given up on getting a minimum wage bill passed this year but acknowledge they’re still trying to get Republican support.

Led by Sen. Jack Hatch, a candidate for governor, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate gathered Tuesday morning to push Gov. Terry Branstad and Republican leaders to consider boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.

Republicans have said a higher wage minimum law hurts businesses.

Hatch says 300,000 Iowans would see a pay increase. He says Branstad has signed minimum wage bills twice and should be a leader in his party calling for another boost.

Branstad has said he doesn’t oppose an increase but would rather focus on creating new jobs at higher than minimum pay.


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