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Local Business Owners Respond to Raise in Minimum Wage

March 22nd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Earlier this week the  Maryland General Assembly voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in 2025. The bill passed in the House of Delegates with a 93-41 vote and in the Senate with a 32-13 vote. The legislation now goes to Governor Larry Hogan's desk. It is an action that is not sitting well with many local business owners and managers in Allegany County. WCBC News talked with Donna Higson of Dairy Queen; David Caporale of Caporales Bakery and Maria Quinn with the Chat N' Chew Restaurant in Westernport…

3 Responses to “Local Business Owners Respond to Raise in Minimum Wage”

  1. March 22, 2019 at 8:04 am, Randy Wilson said:

    Then they should do away with public assistance n let them wirk for the money


  2. March 22, 2019 at 9:18 am, Bob said:

    This will draw even more folks from PA to do the jobs the locals are too lame to do. Where else will people be able to buy a house for one year’s pay at minimum wage?


  3. March 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm, Jason said:

    The economy is a living “organism” in many ways. Just like a scale, when you make a change on one side it is reflected on the other. When the government says “Everyone must be paid $15/hour”, companies will increasingly turn to robotic automation (who aren’t required to be paid $15/hour) and downsize their human workforce. Have you been to Wal-Mart recently? Notice the increase in human-free checkout?

    Until the automation is fully ramped up, we’ll see prices of the essentials rise as a direct reflection, small businesses close under the pressure and unemployment go up. Just my $.02.


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