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Proposed Increase to Alaska's Minimum Wage
ANCHROAGE - Three former state labor commissioners are promoting an increase in Alaska's minimum wage.
The proposed increase has left some local business owners upset, "it stops people in my industry from hiring college students and single moms and people that we give jobs to everyday that can benefit because if it gets to a point where we're not making a profit and it's not worth it for us to be in business and we move to another state that perhaps offers a tip credit or we just go out of business," said Frank Dahl, Owner of Anchorage Bar and Restaurant, Blues Central.
Even with the proposed increase, one Anchorage resident doesn't feel it will be enough of a change to the state's base pay rate to account for the high cost of living in Alaska, " I think it's probably not enough. Anchorage is a very expensive place to live and people living on minimum wage can barely afford to raise a family or keep a house so I think they should do it by more," said Anchorage resident, Mark Faller.