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Small Businesses, Workers React to Proposed Min. Wage Increase

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - President Obama's proposal for a minimum wage hike has small businesses across Mid-Michigan feeling like they are under attack, but workers are applauding the possible increase.

"A family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. And that's wrong," said President Obama during his State of the Union address.

Art Baryames owns Baryames Cleaners, one place among many in the area where owners aren't so sure about the president's plan to boost the minimum wage.

"I understand the president wanting people to make more money because I think that's good for the country. However, that may impose an increased cost on businesses, which would force them to then raise prices to compensate for that," said Baryames.

Even though he says he pays most of his employees well above the minimum wage, a hike is something Baryames says isn't ideal for business owners, workers or customers.

"You can't live off of $7.65 an hour being a single person, let alone if you have children and you're trying to support a family," said Kara Warner, who has been looking for work.

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