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Reactions To The New Minimum Wage Law

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(WLNS) - So now that the bill will soon be signed into law what does this mean from workers making less than $9.25 an hour. And how do employers expect the changes to impact their bottom line?

Nick Perreault asked those questions tonight-

"I think it will be good for a lot of people because you have a lot of people, they work hard they're not making enough money to get paid for what they do, " said Lansing resident Tim Doile.

Tim Doile says raising the minimum wage to $9.25 is a good start to move people away from living paycheck to paycheck.

"Money to help take care of their household, get their kid's clothes."

"I do feel it's a step in the right direction as long as it doesn't inflate the cost of living in Michigan," added Chad Sibbald.

A step that puts an extra quarter in Chad Sibbald's pocket every hour on the job but he isn't entirely sold on the move.

"It's going to be an experiment, if prices stay the same then it's great and I hope everybody benefits from it, if prices just jump

then it's not really doing anything for anybody."

"The amount of employees we can sustain goes down," said Edwar Zeineh, the general manager of this store and two other

area E-Z Marts.  He says raising minimum wage will, at a minimum, force him to cut hours of his ten employees by turning some from full time to part time.

Now general manager Edwar Zeineh says raising minimum wage he'd be happy for the employees that work here would

make more money, put a little extra in their pocket, but he says at $9.25 he'd have no choice but to charge you more for that

bag of potato chips or slim jim"

"From the beer distributors to the wholesalers of groceries, so we're going to see our costs go up and I think at sometime it's going to have an adverse effect," said Zeineh.

He says people will have to put faith in the lawmakers that this is the right move.

"Will it pay off? Ask me in 2017."

General manager Zeineh says the gradual impact of the $9.25 an hour raise will help somewhat but it still remains to be seen how it will impact his business.

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