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Minimum wage could
increase for the first time in six years, if legislation supported by Senator
Sherrod Brown (D – Ohio) passes. Some local businesses owners are conflicted
about the possibility.
"I would definitely have
to not only cut hours, but I would have to cut staff, and not be able to give
my employees the hours they want," said Lori Hanway, owner of A Taste of Amish
Deli in Bowling Green.
Sen. Brown supports the
Minimum Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 over three
years, and it would also raise wages for tipped workers, for the first time in
over 20 years.
"Minimum wage still keeps
you…below the poverty level, and people working as hard as minimum wage workers
should be able to at least be above the poverty level," Brown said.
Hanway, however, says
businesses like hers just can't afford the proposed higher wages.
"I do see businesses maybe
not being able to stay open because they can't afford the labor," she said.
But Sen. Brown says we
need a minimum wage that keeps up with inflation and the cost of living, and an
increase in wages will boost the economy.