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Local Workers React To Minimum Wage Hike

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(WLNS) -  If Congress acts on President Obama's request to raise the minimum wage no doubt there will be some who will benefit and others who could lose out.

Locally there are people who will see direct effects of raising the minimum wage on both sides of the debate.

Like many college students Jacob Rabideau works a minimum wage job.

"My parents are helping me out with my classes at LCC but I do have expenses. Gas--if I want to buy clothes," said Rabideau. 

Rabideau expects to make a little more one day but says he couldn't imagine raising a family on the wage he earns now.

"You'd have to be disciplined, you'd have to really manage, it's a grind."

And increasing the minimum wage to more than ten dollars an hours?

"Definitely, I'd be for that," he adds.

But those at local business Communications and Research feel differently about a minimum wage hike.

Theirs is a small business in East Lansing with only 12 employees. So small you might mistake it for a house.

And they say even a little increase--has a big impact.

"Boy you go to ten, frankly I don't know what we're going to do. That's thirty percent jump in labor. I can't pass that on to my customers", says Joe Ross, a partner at Communications and Research.

He says while many see business owners as stingy for opposing a minimum wage hike many small businesses like his might not survive one.

Ross says while he supports President Obama's efforts to empower the middle class he fears such a wage hike might kill jobs.

"If I talk to him I would just let him know--I'll probably have to let go three people," he concludes.

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