- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines mayor says full-time workers for the city deserve a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/2bb3Zc8 ) that Mayor Frank Cownie and the City Council told city staffers Monday to evaluate city job descriptions and functions in developing an ordinance that would guarantee a livable wage. City officials will be reviewing labor contracts as part of the process.

City personnel director James Wells says only a few full-time city positions offer a starting salary range below $15 an hour.

Iowa’s state minimum wage is $7.25. Johnson County has been raising its minimum wage for all employers and will top out at $10.10 an hour on Jan. 1. Polk County and Linn County supervisors are expected to consider local wage hikes this fall.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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