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Del. House committee tables minimum wage increase

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- The House Economic Development Committee tabled changes to Delaware's minimum wage Wednesday afternoon.

The Senate already approved the changes, which would increase Delaware's minimum wage to $8.25 by January 2015.

Business owners in Sussex County are divided over whether or not the increase is good for small businesses.

"$8.25 seems like a lot to start someone who has no experience, if it was $8.25 I'd have to think twice about hiring another person," said business owner Jeff Clayton.

But Tracey Rossetto, owner of Critter Beach, said a higher wage is needed to keep good employees.

"There's no reason to have every summer come by and hire different people," he said. "If I were to not pay my employees well, they're gonna leave and go find work elsewhere."

If the General Assembly approves the changes to Delaware's minimum wage, the first increase would go into effect in January. Minimum wage would go up to $7.75 from the current of $7.25. It would then go up again to $8.25 in January of 2015.

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