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The Debate On Minimum Wage, Wages On

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SALISBURY, Md. - If you make it, it's safe to say, you want it raised, and although legislation to do just that recently failed in Maryland, it's once again a huge topic of conversation.

A number of Maryland lawmakers have again thrown in their support to make it happen, but some business owners aren't sold.

Dilip Jeswani, owner of the Bagel Bankery Café in Salisbury, says a hike in the minimum wage would hurt his bottom line.

He says, "raising the minimum wage means my prices going up."

Recently, politicians throughout the region have been vocal about increasing the rate, with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley supporting at least a $2.00 increase.

 Most of the workers at the Bagel Bakery already take home a little more than Maryland's minimum wage, but the shop does hire college students at $7.25.

"Often times, these are the types of jobs that young people get and they learn good work habits," says Tylor Clagget, a finance professor at Salisbury University.

If pay rates go up, Dilip Jeswani says those jobs could dry up.

Laverne Boone, who owns an insurance agency and bail bonds company in Salisbury, supports the increase, saying "based upon the employees that work for me, I think the goal is to employ the most competent people and then pay them the most money, instead of hiring the people that are less competent and then paying them small wages."

With more than eight percent of people on Delmarva currently unemployed, some don't want to see anything get in the way of anyone getting a job.

Legislation to increase Maryland's minimum wage to $10 an hour went nowhere in Annapolis last year, but many of the state's democratic leaders think the issue will pop back up during next year's legislative session.

So whichever side of the debate you're on, this is the time for folks to let their representatives know how they feel.

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