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Markell Signs Minimum Wage Increase in Delaware

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DELMAR, Del.- Minimum wage workers in Delaware will soon see more in their paychecks.

On Thursday, Gov. Jack Markell signed into law a minimum wage increase. Currently the minimum wage in Delaware is $7.25 but will rise to $7.75 in June and then go up again to $8.25 in June of 2015.

Many say the dollar increase will help a lot of people.

"I think it's gonna give people incentive to go find a job now, they can make enough money to survive and support their families," Rusty West said.

But restaurant owner Visilios Diakos says the cost of paying workers more is going to passed along to consumers.

"They're gonna make me, force me to increase the minimum wage, the next thing I do to stay in business it will be you know what you can't buy the pizza anymore for 10 dollars as you buy it right now, it'll go to 12 or 13," he said.

Republican lawmakers who opposed the increase proposed an amendment allowing employers to pay 75 percent of the minimum wage to employees under 18 and seasonal employees but it was rejected by the General Assembly.

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