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Weighing the cost of minimum wage

Though a popular idea, pay hike might have drawbacks

7:49 AM, Mar. 5, 2013
Gin Eckert puts a tray of Irish baked potato bread in the oven at Great Harvest Bread Co., 802 George St, De Pere. Many of the bakery's workers are younger and make minimum wage.
Gin Eckert puts a tray of Irish baked potato bread in the oven at Great Harvest Bread Co., 802 George St, De Pere. Many of the bakery's workers are younger and make minimum wage.
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DE PERE - A raise for the nation's lowest earners has some support, but an increase may not have the intended effect of lowering the poverty rates.

Some businesses, economists and even workers question the effectiveness of a minimum wage increase.

Most everyone at Great Harvest Bread in De Pere earns more than the minimum wage, but with an increase of $1.75 an hour being proposed by the Obama administration, that probably would not be the case, said Brent Felchlin, manager of the bakery at 802 George St. ...

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