Lee County Approves New Minimum Wage, Waits for State

At least for the time being, Lee County is set to enact a new minimum wage. At the heritage center in Keokuk Tuesday afternoon, the Lee County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the minimum wage from 7.25 to 8 dollars and 20 cents per hour. Members of the raise the wage committee again voiced their support for the ordinance. Chairman Rick Larkin explained that the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce had polled its member businesses regarding their sentiments toward the ordinance. Only 34 percent of businesses responded and of that number only 32 percent responded unfavorably to the propose raise. Raise the Wage committee member Cathy Gable has been a proponent of the ordinance since its inception. The ordinance could be short lived as it is set to be enacted on May 1st but a bill from the Iowa House and Senate that would preempt counties from enacting their own wage has been sent to the governor for his signature.