The president is calling for the minimum wage to be raised again. I've talked with several people in the cleaning business and asked how this would affect them. In nearly every case the answer was the same. "I just won't hire entry-level people to train for the work."
One man said he had helpers on his five truck operation and was going to lay them off and increase the percentage he pays the lead technicians to work alone. Another said he worked on the truck himself and was just going to work with out a helper.
They all agreed that working a little harder and longer would be much more profitable and not expose them to minimum wage laws and the new healthcare fiasco. I believe this is going to be the reaction among most business owners in other industries, too.
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