East Tennessee reacts to possibility of higher minimum wage

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Could minimum wage increases be coming to East Tennessee? President Joe Biden’s call to raise the minimum wage is being debated now.

Secret City Exchange in Oak Ridge is a place to buy, sell and trade books and video games.

As a small business owner of the store, Stephen Echard feels the minimum wage increase benefits some but he has questioned how it would affect his business.

“I can see the long-term effects for it being positive for our community and the country, immediately I don’t know how it would affect me personally, and our business. We may have to cut hours, and definitely increase productivity to justify that $15 dollars an hour,” says Echard.

University of Tennessee Professor Don Bruce says the wage increase could possibly cost East Tennessee jobs.

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