Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) complains about businesses having to provide incentives and raise wages to hire employees. Since the pandemic, many service-provider positions have had a hard time maintaining and recruiter employees due to poor work conditions and not enough payment.
“Small businesses and public services are struggling to maintain the workforce that is vital to our communities. The Des Moines Public School District, for example, has over 100 vacancies and is providing 50,000 dollar incentive for retiring teachers nurses and administrators to stay in school. Faced with a declining number of soldiers, The Iowa National Guard is offering signing bonuses to new recruits along with other incentives, to encourage current members to re-enlist. Police departments across the state are also facing recruitment challenges. So the Iowa State Patrol is raising salaries, and starting outreach efforts with kids as young as the sixth grade to get them to start thinking about careers in law enforcement.”