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Despite government forced minimum wage hikes, Johnson County monthly average unemployment rate continues to edge up

By Mike Thayer

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)We were told a government forced minimum wage hike would add jobs in Johnson County.

We were told a government forced (as IF they know better than business) wage hike would lead to a thriving local economy.

We were told that a government forced wage hike would lead to a better quality of life, more 'buying power' for low-end wage earners in the area.

That's all false, you were lied to.

Nothing of the above is coming to fruition.  All the talk of raising the minimum wage was the stuff of liberal-minded pipe dreams.  There's no reality check substance to it.  It was all talk, not what really happens.

FACT:  The average monthly unemployment rate for Johnson County in 2015 was 2.6%

FACT:  The current average monthly unemployment rate Johnson County in 2016 - after two gov. forced wage hikes have been inserted - is 2.86%.  That doesn't sound like much of an increase right?  But it IS the opposite of what we were told would happen by Democrat county government officials.  And just wait, this is just the beginning, we'll see the trend in a rising unemployment rate continue.

Fewer jobs leads to a thriving economy?

And ask your buddy who is earning just minimum wage (if you even have a buddy that earns just minimum wage, after all, most heads of households earn far more than minimum wage.... most all of your friends or family members ARE NOT in entry level jobs....  Another lie fed to us by Democrat county officials) if his rent is going up for 2017.  It probably is.  Ask your minimum wage earning friend or family member (IF they're a head of household) if their water bill went up in 2016.  It most likely did.  Ask yourself if the cost of living has gone up in the Iowa City area in 2016 and the answer is yes.  Cable is up, the grocery bill is up, water/utility rates are up, student fees are up......   but wait a minute.....  Democrat county officials told us lower wage earners would have more buying power!.....  Another lie.

You see, government forced wage hikes don't work.  Iowa City is a prime example of how a government driven economy inflates prices.  The greater Iowa City area is a state college driven economy and its prices are inflated vs. neighboring cities like Cedar Rapids from housing to food to gas.  All those things are cheaper in Cedar Rapids, just 30 miles up the road.  And what did the Democrat idiots of Johnson County government go and do?  Compound that problem with wishful but economically IGNORANT thinking with a FORCED wage hike.

Your water bill went up?  Thank a liberal.

Your cable bill went up?  Thank a liberal.

Your rent went up?  Thank a liberal.

You now make about $2 more an hour, if you voted for a liberal, congratulations.  But it's all going to pay for higher bills, the same stuff.....  for a higher price. 

Thanks Johnson County Democrats!


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Clear Creek Trail Closure between 1st Avenue & Biscuit Creek

Clear Creek TrailStarting Monday morning, November 21, the section of Clear Creek Trail between 1st Avenue and Biscuit Creek will be closed for installation of a new sanitary sewer crossing under Clear Creek. Alternate routes are available along 5th Street, 1st Avenue, and Highway 6. The trail is expected to re-open the last week in December, weather permitting. 

This work is in conjunction with the Clear Creek South Floodwall Phase 2 project that will construct permanent and removable floodwalls along the south side of Clear Creek from Highway 6 to 1st Avenue. The floodwall project will be completed by November 2017.

Questions can be directed to Assistant City Engineer Scott Larson at 319.248.1720 or slarson@coralville.org.

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22 area businesses passed recent tobacco compliance check in Coralville

On November 16, 2016, officers of the Coralville Police Department conducted tobacco compliance checks at twenty-four (24) Coralville businesses. Twenty- two (22) of these businesses refused to sell tobacco products to an under-aged person.  Employees of two (2) businesses sold to the under-age person.

The following persons were charged with selling or supplying tobacco products to a person under the age of 18 by an employee of a business holding a tobacco license. (Ia. §453A.2)

Catlin Coleman, age 22 of Cedar Rapids, IA; Employee of Casey’s; 1987 2nd Street

Derrick L Carter Jr, age 20 of Iowa City, IA; Employee of Depot Express; 100 Oakdale Blvd.

The Coralville Police Department will be conducting similar compliance checks for alcohol and tobacco sales to underage persons again in the near future. Those checks will continue periodically throughout the year.

The charges filed in this case are merely accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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Public meets 3 finalists for Iowa City police chief | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Whoever is named the next Iowa City police chief will inherit an engaged public.

That much was evident Thursday night as more than 50 people filled a room to meet with and ask questions of the three finalists for the city’s police chief.

The three finalists to replace Chief Sam Hargadine, who is retiring, are Capt. Rich Austin of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina, Altoona Police Chief Jody Matherly and Iowa City Police Capt. Troy Kelsay.

via www.thegazette.com