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Local businesses weigh in on minimum wage hike

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On July 1, all minimum wage workers will be getting a pay raise.

17-year-old Natalie Vonderheide enjoys working the drive-thru window at TCBY in Quincy.

"I like it when we have a lot of customers because time goes by very quick," she said. "Lots of good co-workers to work around, it's a very friendly environment."

She said she's looking forward to having the 75-cent raise.

"This is the job I have right now and so it's where I make my money and everything so a wage increase will be nice for a lot of teenagers," Vonderheide said.

Not all business will be affected by the hike.

Leffers Landscaping president Floyd Leffers said most of his guys already make above minimum wage.

"They deserve more than minimum wage so they get more than minimum wage starting now," he said.

But that's not the case for everyone.

Sheryl Scarborough manages TCBY.

"As far as the minimum wage goes, I think it's really going to hurt us," she said."

She said to keep things fair, she's giving everyone a raise, not just her minimum wage staff.

"Last night, we sat down and went over our prices," she said. "Unfortunately, we're going to have to raise prices to cover that."

She's said with more increases to come, it's a cycle she's not sure how long she'll be able to sustain.

"I don't know how much further I'll be able to raise prices to cover all that so I'm going to have to look elsewhere to cut expenses and I don't know where to do that so I don't know that the future holds unfortunately," she said.

The minimum wage will increase again on January 1, 2021 to $11.

It will increase by $1 each year until it reaches $15 on January 1, 2025.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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