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Minimum wage climbs to $7.25

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Four and a half million people, including many South Georgians, got a boost in pay Friday.

The federal minimum wage jumped 70¢ to $7.25 an hour. Fiscal conservatives warn it could lead to more layoffs because employers won't be able to afford the jump in pay.

That won't happen at the Subway Restaurant in Downtown Albany.

Owner DeLyn Smith said employers knew the increase was coming, and so she prepared in advance, to soften the blow.   

"This was not a surprise," said Smith.  "We had three years to know that it was coming, so if you move them slowly, it wouldn't impact you as much as people would think."

This raise is the last of a series of wage increases that started with a 70¢ increase from $5.15 an hour in 2007.


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