Iowa NFIB Reacts to Branstad Address

Date: January 14, 2014

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Failor warns against minimum wage hike

Des Moines
(January 14, 2014)
Kristin Failor,
State Director
for the National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
issued the following statement
this morning in reaction to Governor Terry Branstad’s annual State of the State

Governor and lawmakers have worked well together and the tax reform that they
set in motion last year should provide some relief.  We like the Governor’s emphasis this year on
work force development because despite the slow economy it’s difficult for
small many small businesses to find qualified job candidates.

“We expect a
push this year from the labor unions to raise the minimum wage, and that would
undermine our position. Raising the cost of labor when profits are flat and
other costs are rising is a blueprint for disaster.

“Less than 3
percent of Iowans currently earn the minimum wage,
according to the federal government, and they are typically kids and young people who need those
entry-level jobs to gain experience and build their skills for the
workforce.  Raising the minimum wage
would cause small businesses – a majority of the employers in Iowa – to pull
back.  They’ll automatic lower level
functions, cut positions and reduce hours for employees.  The people on the lowest rungs of the ladder
will be hit hardest.”

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