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Candidate for governor Jack Hatch calls for minimum wage hike Saturday in Des Moines

Jack Hatch
Jack Hatch

DES MOINES – Jack Hatch, candidate for Governor, joined the call for an increase in the minimum wage at the federal and state level today at the Raygun company in Des Moines’ East Village Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez along with Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Bruce Braley, candidate for U.S. Senate, talked with Raygun owner Mike Draper about his decision to pay workers above minimum wage as he founded and grew his t-shirt and screen printing company.

Hatch renewed his call for Governor Branstad to show leadership on the minimum wage and give a raise to more than 300,000 Iowans.

“I know companies like this one can grow and thrive throughout Iowa,” Hatch said. “The East Village is not that different from small towns across this state, and with the right leadership we can create good jobs with good wages in every corner of this state.”

Hatch said the first step is an increase in the minimum wage so that people who work 40 hours a week aren’t living in poverty. He renewed the call he first made in September for the Governor to show leadership on the issue.

“There’s still time in this legislative session for the Governor to finally step up, show leadership and give this important boost to Iowa’s economy,” Hatch said. One study showed an increase in the minimum wage would infuse $272 million into Iowa’s economy.

At Hatch’s September 2013 campaign announcement, he proposed increasing the Iowa minimum wage. In December, Hatch released the “Working for Working Iowans” plan, which included a proposed increase to a $10.10 minimum wage, over 3 years. The plan was modeled on Sen. Tom Harkin’s proposal in Congress.

“I’ve been talking and listening to Iowans for months about the need to raise the minimum wage,” Hatch said. “Governor Branstad hasn’t lifted a finger to get a bill passed.”

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