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Sussex County Council Opposes Raising the Minimum Wage

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The Sussex County Council voted Tuesday morning to make not raising Delaware's minimum wage its official stance. Only four members were present for the vote; Joan Deaver was not there.

The Delaware legislative session is currently discussing raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour. The Sussex County Council will be sending Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin to a committee hearing in Dover this Thursday to voice their opinion on the subject.

"They are very supportive of economic growth, they want to see our faltering economy recover as quickly as possible and they feel that any cost increases would diminish the growth opportunities," Godwin said. "They feel that increasing the minimum wage might not be as helpful towards increasing jobs and job opportunities as it would be if it was left where it is."

Theodore Ray is a business owner in Georgetown. His coffee shop "New England Tea and Bean LLC" is new, so it does not have many employees. However, Ray said once they do hire more people, he would support paying them more than the minimum wage is now, even if it cuts into his own costs.

"If your employees are happier they're going to benefit and that benefit's going to translate into more productivity," he said.

Unlike Ray, Milton resident Snookie Vent agreed with the council and said it would hurt those making above minimum wage too much.

"If they put the minimum wage up you got to put the costs up on everything to make up for it," he explained.

Godwin said he understands most people want to earn more money, but the economy is not ready for such a raise.

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