Ernst: $15 per hour Washington-mandated minimum wage would be harmful for Iowa small businesses, detrimental for working families
Feb 24 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a mother and member of the Senate Small Business Committee, highlighted the harmful impacts of a $15 per hour Washington-mandated minimum wage proposed by Democrats on Iowa small businesses and child care costs for working families.
Ernst shared testimonials from Iowans who described the potential detrimental impact of a $15 federal minimum wage on their businesses.
Click here or on the image above to watch Senator Ernst’s remarks.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, a $15 per hour federally mandated minimum wage would kill 1.4 million jobs. Another study found that it would increase child care costs on average by 21% per year for Iowa families.
Earlier this month, Ernst penned an op-ed in the Sioux City Journal describing the devastating impact of a national minimum wage spike to $15 an hour on Iowa small businesses. In an interview with Fox News, Ernst said the minimum wage hike would burden small businesses across Iowa and the nation at a time when they can least afford it.