Mac McLamb, president of Carlie C,s IGA, and Hafeena Ali-Martinez, owner of a dollar store, an art gallery and toy store, said they would raise prices to cover an increased minimum wage.
,We would increase margins to cover the cost of the increased wage, and the customer ends up paying for that,, McLamb
The independent grocery store chain has 11 stores in Cumberland County, and about 70 percent of its 550 workers would be affected by a minimum wage increase.
,I,m not a supporter of the increase because ultimately all wages go up and prices go up.In essence all you have done is raised everything,, McLamb
Ali-Martinez said she
would have to cut her
work force if a wage increase was mandated.The University Dollar Store would not be able to survive with a wage increase because she
could not raise prices to offset the cost of the employee wages.
,I am definitely against it because they would need to cut taxes to compensate (for the wage increase),, she
other stores, HNJ Art Gallery
and Toys by HNJ, would suffer because she
relies on low-wage employees to keep the businesses running.Her
employees make about $6 an hour and, with the cost of gas, shipping, rent and utilities, she
could not afford to keep everyone on board.
Ali-Martinez and McLamb
agree that raising the cost all consumers must pay for a $1 wage increase is not good for the overall economy.