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Local Businesses Looking to Cut Back with Minimum Wage Increase

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The minimum wage in Washington will increase 15 cents on January 1st to $9.19 an hour.

Businesses have to adjust to the increase annually and it can be hard with Washington maintaining the highest minimum wage in the country.

Many companies are looking for ways to cut back to stay afloat with the higher wages..but say they already have cut their staff as low as possible. 

"We've adjusted all the shifts that we can. We just can't cut anymore hours out. We still need people here to take care of our customers," said The Country Gentlemen manager, Steve Simmons.

Simmons said he will likely have to raise prices on the menu to make up for the wage increase at a time when he is already facing increasing food costs and unemployment insurance fees.

The increase amounts to about $310 more in pay a year for the average worker.

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