• More than 140 businesses pledge $10.10 minimum wage

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    September 25, 2017
    Five months after Johnson County's first-in-the-state minimum wage increase was nullified by the Iowa Legislature, many employers are still paying higher wages.
    Peter Fisher, a researcher at the nonprofit Iowa Policy Project, said there is a combination of reasons leading businesses to continue paying higher wages despite the law change. Those could include the social benefits of publicly supporting the $10.10 wage, lower turnover costs due to employees earning more and staying at their jobs, and that the wage floor in the county has risen as a result of the increase, meaning businesses have to pay more to be competitive.

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