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Business Owners Weigh In On Minimum Wage Proposal

We're getting local reaction to President Obama's proposal to boost the minimum wage to $9 an hour and automatically adjust it with inflation.

Jon Calhoun, manager at Tadych's Econofoods in Sturgeon Bay says he has divided feelings on the topic.

Dick Luther, owner of Joe Jo's Pizza & Gelato in Ephraim says if the minimum wage were boosted, business owners likely would have to pass along the cost.

Luther says he agrees with the sentiment that "you can't make everybody middle class."

"You can't eliminate a class of people by paying them more because then the people that are getting paid that amount are going to want more so that they're not at the bottom of the barrel," says Luther.

In outlining his plan during Tuesday's State of the Union address, Obama noted that a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line, saying "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty."

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Many states have set their minimum wages above that level but Wisconsin is not one of them.


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