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By Casey Mendoza
Scripps News, Dec 28, 2023

At the start of the new year, 22 states and 43 cities and counties are increasing the hourly minimum wage, benefiting nearly 10 million people. And that doesn't only affect workers at major fast food chains or retail outlets; it also includes people who work at small, locally-owned businesses. ...

"I think it gives me a lot benefits in terms of recruiting, in terms of productivity, in terms of turnover," said Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well-Paid Maids.

"The more money our consumers have, the more they'll spend in our stores. So that seems a little selfish, but I also think it extends to all the small businesses in our communities," said Gina Schaefer, founder and co-owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores. ...

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