Senate Gives Minimum Wage Bill a "No Go"

APRIL 30, 2014- Should minimum wage be raised?
The Senate voted Wednesday, and responded with a “no”.
The Democratic backed bill was halted, and some small business owners say that is a good thing.
The bill proposed raising minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
The increase would have been gradual over the next few years.
Republican Senators claimed the increase would cost too much money and essentially put jobs in jeopardy.
Waldameer owner Paul Nelson who pays his employees more than minimum wage says the vote would affect several small business owners.
With multimillion dollar renovations in the works at the water park, the gradual pay hike would have potentially made matters difficult.
Nelson says the increase would have driven up ticket prices and tightened staffing hires.
In addition, Nelson says raising the minimum wage would also mean shrinking budgets in other areas.
The senate voted 54-42 against the bill. 60 votes were needed for the bill to advance.

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