I am a lifelong resident of Iowa, a Vietnam veteran, and a concerned voter. In my opinion HF295, which would mandate a statewide minimum wage, is a mean spirited and egregiously bad bill.

For years, the majority party has proclaimed and touted the benefits of small government. This bill, HF295, usurps that idea and disrupts the power of city councils and county boards of supervisors to do what's best for their local communities and rural residents. How does Lyon County know what is best for Lee County? Local people know what is best for local people.

How does the Legislature know what is best for the entire state in regard to wages? Speed limits and tax codes are one thing; wages are something else altogether and should be determined by the free market and not by government intrusion.

In addition to preemptively lowering wages already in effect, what if certain lobbyists decide $7.25 an hour is too high and want further rollbacks, say to $6.45? The majority party has already shown it is willing to be a mere water carrier for its most generous benefactors, complacently doing their bidding.

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This bill is not in keeping with the professed values of the majority party. It should be rejected completely on the Iowa House floor.

Kenn Bowen

Iowa City

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