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De. State Rep. Urges General Assembly To Raise Minimum Wage

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DELMAR, Del.-After originally opposing a minimum wage increase in Delaware, State Representative Bryon Short is now urging action.

In this editorial published Friday, Short said it is time to raise Delaware's minimum wage. For several years, the bill has stalled in the committee Short chairs but now he says he will release it when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

Short says decreasing unemployment numbers and a better economic outlook has him believing now is the time to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 an hour.

But some small business owners aren't so sure. Delmar Pizza owner George Piperis says he'd like to pay his employees more but that it would end up costing his customers.

"I think that we would have to make it up on the other end, basically by raising our prices," he said.

He believes other businesses would follow suit. "I don't know if that would actually work and I don't know if every other business would do that, I'm assuming they would and I don't know if it would cancel the effect of giving the raise," he said.

But Steve Krebs says the minimum wage needs to go up and consumers can handle an increase in costs.

"Minimum wage now is $7.25 and hour that's poverty, a lot of people can't live on that type of money, especially with the housing market and everything else," Krebs said. "So I believe the wage should be around nine dollars."

The Delaware General Assembly will reconvene on January 14th.

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