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Mid Michigan worker react to minimum wage increase coming to Michigan

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (08/31/14) - An increase in Michigan's minimum wage takes effect Labor Day.

Many people are curious to see whether the gradual rise will help workers, harm businesses or do neither.

Minimum wage will increase from $7.40 an hour to $8.15. Wage increases will continue through 2018, when it will reach $9.25 an hour.

ABC12 caught up with workers at a Mid-Michigan ice cream shop to see how they feel about the wage increase. Previously, the Shamrock Dairy Bar owner had concerns the minimum wage hike could put a freeze on business. ABC12 spoke to a worker about the change.

"Doing our daily job, but making that little extra, really does help.  But it's going to be pretty vital to our business to make sure that we cut back a little bit, cut back on hours, all the way from inventory checkup to even just cleaning supplies," said Andy Crete, employee at Shamrock Dairy Bar.

Gov. Rick Snyder has previously said this new law will protect working families who rely on minimum wage jobs to get by and help the state's growing economy.

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