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Minimum wage hike could hurt businesses

Janice Jarrett owns Kudzu Blossom Quilt Shop in East Montgomery.  She says the minimum wage increase could force her to cut employee hours. Janice Jarrett owns Kudzu Blossom Quilt Shop in East Montgomery. She says the minimum wage increase could force her to cut employee hours.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Janice Jarrett owns a small business--the Kudzu Blossom Quilt Shop in East Montgomery.

"We're not that kind of business that we're just rolling in the dough," says Jarrett.

An increase in minimum wage means she'll shell out $70 more dollars a week to pay for her employees.

"...Which doesn't sound like that much but, ya know, if your bottom line isn't that huge...then it would affect you," she says.

Janice, like other business owners, is trying to manage a wage increase and stay afloat in a turbulent economy.

"It's just a very costly thing," she says.

It's the last of three increases in the minimum wage approved by lawmakers back in 2007.

The first increase in ten years came back in 2007 when minimum wage jumped from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour.  Then a year later, $6.55, and now $7.25. It's a raise another store owner says makes hiring a little harder.

"If minimum wage is going up, we've got to have good help and we've got to have somebody that is willing to go the extra mile," says Holly Bigham, owner of Say It So on Mulberry Street.

But Jarrett says even though it might cost her a little more, it won't cost her shoppers.

"I am not planning on passing the wage increase on to my customers."

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