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Delaware Businesses React to Minimum Wage Increase

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Delaware is one of 20 states that increased its minimum wage as of January 1st, 2019. Delawareans will now make at least $8.75 an hour, up from $8.25.

"I think everybody needs to get paid more and be excited about working," Local business manager Jessica Charles tells WBOC. "When I was younger I worked two jobs and that was the only way that I could make ends meet."

Last year, lawmakers compromised and despite the hike, businesses may pay minors and probationary workers fifty cents less than the set minimum wage. However, the minimum wage will go up again later this year to $9.25 on October 1st. Sea Green Bicycle owner Frank Cole says the increases could impact seasonal or first time hires. 

"At 8.25 an hour we can sometimes hire a young person and more or less be a placeholder and hope that that person learns the business in a summer or year or maybe even two years," he explains. "We can no longer hire placeholders. We have to hire people who can perform all facets of the job."

For more on Delaware's minimum wage increase and other new laws, click here. 

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