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Small businesses paying attention to minimum wage hike in state budget plan

New York lawmakers have apparently reached a budget deal, and that means minimum wage workers could soon be getting a bigger paycheck.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - New York lawmakers have apparently reached a budget deal, and that means minimum wage workers could soon be getting a bigger paycheck.

The proposal would increase minimum wage over three years. State lawmakers want to bump minimum wage to $8 next year, $8.75 in 2015, and $9 in 2016.

A vote on the budget and the minimum wage increase could come as early as this weekend.

While labor groups are praising the raise, some small businesses can't help but worry about their bottom lines.

Gannon's Isle ice cream shop has more than 50 part-time minimum wage workers and soon they could be paid more.

Owner Eileen Gannon said, “I totally believe in paying people what they're worth, but most of the jobs we have are entry level jobs - kids out of high school -- so it’s kind of steep."

“I like to be able to give people a raise when they've done a good job and deserve things and that's going to make it kind of tough for me to do,” Gannon said.

Stephanie Dussing works at Gannon’s and said, "I think it's good that it's going up, because with everything else, the price of gas is going up.”

Dussing added that she has student loans to pay back.

Gannon’s is hoping the increase will turn into a sweet deal for them and perhaps lead to serving more ice cream.

“If people have more money in their pocket, they're going to spend more money, so I hope they'll spend it at Gannon's and buy some ice cream,” Gannon said.

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