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January 25, 2014

Lawmakers field questions at Eggs & Issues

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OSKALOOSA —

Sheets said that state government spent a lot of time and effort for tax breaks to recruit new business to Iowa. He said he would support taking care of businesses already located in the state with something similar.

The lawmakers also answered a question on increasing the minimum wage.

“I'd be surprise if the bill made it out of sub committee or committee to be discussed on the floor,” Vander Linden said. Vander Linden added that he has not seen the bill yet.

There are a couple of important questions to answer about an increase in the minimum wage: “What's fair? … Where do you set it?”

Also, if you increase the minimum wage, shouldn't there be a minimum price to charge for merchandise? Vander Linden said. “It flies in the face of economics.”

“I will not support it,” Rozenboom said.

“I won't support it,” Sheets said. If the minimum wage increases, there would be fewer people in the work force, he added.

The next Eggs & Issues will be held on Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

 

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