President Proposes Raise in Minimum Wage

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According to Zillow.com, the average price to rent a home in Huntsville is just over $700 per month.

While it may be obvious to some, living on minimum wage is far from easy.

But raising the minimum wage could raise the unemployment rate and force harder times for local business owners.

"That's the hardest thing to do 'cause you're trying to get money when you can just try to survive and maintain," says Dave Taylor.

Julius Williams knows what it's like to feed a family of four on less than $15,000 a year.

"It's hard, it's hard. I've tried but I also end up trying to get supplemental income cause it wasn't enough," says Williams.

If you're making minimum wage, which in Alabama, is only $7.25 an hour, it can be hard to afford transportation to get your job.

"But then you're trying to think of buying a car, insurance, and if you have to put work into the car, it's just bill that add up and add up," says Taylor.

But, a raise in minimum wage is also going to affect local businesses, like Playmor Lanes, and not in a good way.

"It's great for the people to make more money and everything, the cost of living has gone up but the fact of the matter is, It would put a damper on us, we may not keep as many people as we have now," says Playmor Lanes Manager Thomas Powers.

If $9.00 becomes the new minimum wage, service may drop at many local businesses and prices may rise.

"And on top of that the quality and the things we do for the bowlers here would be tougher. We wouldn't have as many people to service it," says Thomas.

If minimum wage is increased to $9 that would mean a person would earn about $18,000 a year, which is still below the poverty line.


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