Longview business owners: Minimum wage bump means increase in prices
POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:37am
Longview, TX — Some Longview business owners voiced concerns Wednesday about President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and tie it to the cost of living. The proposal was one of the key issues from Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
The minimum wage of $7.25 per hour became effective in July 2009 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, an increase that at the time caused strains of its own in the form of higher prices at businesses.
“Several customers did complain or mention it when I did go up in price,” said Bebe Church, owner of Brian and Scott’s Snowballs.
Church said the 2009 minimum wage increase affected all her workers and raised her prices.
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