When it comes to necessary components to survival (Food, Water, Shelter, medicine, etc…) it is unethical for companies to have excess income at the expense of our most vulnerable Iowans. The cost of living has been rising at an exponential rate that income has notbeen able to keep up with, it has benefited the wealthiest in this country and in Iowa. Recently we have even seen unprecedented spikes in rent upwards of 69% in our own community of Waukee at Midwest Country Estates . This needs to be addressed. I believe a percentile maximum income should be proposed and discussed with rental estate companies within Iowa. This would allow us to resume a reasonable income for the rental estate companies, while still defending everyday Iowans from overpriced rent and allowing the working class Iowans to allocate more funds to other expenses.
Every Iowan deserves fair pay for their labor, and the fact that so many Iowans have to work 2 to 3 jobs at minimum wage just to make ends meet is not acceptable. The reality is these people have to work so many hours just to provide for their families it gives them no time to work on their own skills to move up and start working on their careers. First we need to raise the minimum wage to a respectable 15 dollars an hour allowing our lower income families a chance to participate in our great american economy. Second we need to prioritize developing the untapped potential within our lower income families by providing better accessibility to free skill enhancing workshops such as interview skills, resume building, leadership, etc…