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Dem. Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Jobs

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- It was the word on everybody's lips at the Johnson County Democratic fundraising barbecue on Sunday afternoon: jobs.

Creating more of them is a problem each of the four Democrats running for governor wants to solve. Rep. Tyler Olson (D-38th District) said Iowans are ready for a fresh perspective.

"You know, it's important that we have an economic development strategy that's focused on Main Street and small businesses, not just tax incentives to the huge corporations," Olson said.

Sen. Jack Hatch said starting on Main Street is the right idea, and wants to put more money behind those businesses while cutting taxes for the middle class.

"We're not going to use all state money, those days are gone, but we're going to use state money as a partnership with developers, cities and counties and businesses so we can grow jobs," Hatch said.

Candidate Paul Dahl lists tax reform as one of his "significant seven" -- the seven things he wants to do in office. He wants to abolish the corporate income tax and raise the minimum wage for businesses with more than five employees.

"I've talked to enough restaurants that it would be an issue if they had to pay the minimum wage," Dahl said.

Former state representative Bob Krause agrees with raising the minimum wage for everyone, because it will ease the pressure on programs like SNAP and WIC, he said.

"If we pay the workers of Iowa what they are worth, we will have better workers, we will have lower welfare, and we will be in a state we can be proud of because we will be world-class," Krause said.

For more on the candidate's positions, check out the Raw News section of our website for full interviews.
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