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Maryland Employers React to Potential Minimum Wage Increase

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SALISBURY, Md-If you're working in the state of Maryland, you may see a minimum wage increase coming soon.

Maryland's General Assembly is in session, and democratic lawmakers are pushing for an increase from $10.10 to $15.00.

No bill has been proposed yet, but republican lawmakers are already pushing back, like Governor Larry Hogan.

Hogan believes raising the wage may put the state at a disadvantage for attracting business, as neighboring states like Virginia have a minimum wage of $7.25.

Local businesses in Salisbury agree.

"The concept is good for a living wage, but there are ways to having a higher wage,"  Buzz Carragher, who owns Salisbury Cycle & Fitness said. "Get an education, take on a trade, so gimme gimme gimme just doesn't work."

But others believe the increase is warranted.

"I think it's a great thing," Shari Stanley said. "The economy, times are hard now, the jobs aren't paying enough, people are barely making it with kids." 

But some employers, like Sam Mehta, who is set to open a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Salisbury next week has mixed feelings.

Mehta says raising the minimum wage may cause business owners to raise their prices. 

"Trying to open in a marketplace where the minimum wage is already higher than a lot of other neighboring states, that definitely puts a burden on an individual and business, especially small businesses," Mehta said.

The proposal is not yet legislation, though proposals suggest the increase would happen over time in a five-year-span. 



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