The Register’s Editorial: Maybe Iowa’s legislators should learn constituents’ views on minimum wage

Earlier this year President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. U.S. Rep. Steve King blasted the move as unconstitutional. “We have a minimum wage,” he said. “Congress has set it.”

Are King and other members of Congress going to leave the federal pay floor at $7.25 per hour forever?

Perhaps a new report from Oxfam America will help lawmakers understand this issue matters to their constituents. In fact, King should lead the charge to support an increase. About 27 percent of his constituents in his western Iowa district live below 200 percent of the poverty level and nearly 80,000 of them would benefit from a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, according to the report.


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