Video: Push Underway to Raise Wages in Northern Idaho City


An effort to boost Idaho's minimum wage—the lowest in the nation—fell on deaf ears at the Idaho Statehouse again this session, but group in a northern Idaho city is looking to do something about it for its own citizens.

KHQ-TV reports that Raise Idaho is turning to lawmakers in Coeur d'Alene to bump the current minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 by the start of 2016, and to $10.25 the year after that. Coeur d'Alene has to cope with a regular flow of its citizens across the state line to Washington each day where the current minimum wage is $9.47 an hour.

KHQ-TV profiled one Idaho woman—a single mother of two with two college degrees—who spent a recent afternoon applying for jobs through the Idaho Department of Labor. She currently makes $10 per hour.

"I'm in that weird place where I make too much to get state assistance but I'm not making enough to get ends to meet and it gets really tough," said Lisa Johnson. "Coming from a family standpoint it would be probably essential to have (wages) raised." 

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