Opposition in Sussex County to Hike in State Minimum Wage

Feb 15, 2012


             Officials and businesses in Sussex County say they oppose hiking the state’s minimum wage.

            A measure in Dover would increase the rate by a dollar to $8.25 an hour over two years.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Carol Everhart, president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, said her members oppose the hike noting that many of the local businesses now pay above the minimum wage.

            And…Carrie Leishman, president of the Delaware Restaurant Association, said that raising the minimum wage was not the way to stimulate the economy.

            Meanwhile…State Representative Peter Schwartzkopf, a Democrat from Rehoboth Beach, said he believes this is the wrong time to hike the minimum wage.

            He was joined in opposition by State Representative Gerald Hocker, a Republican from Ocean View, and Democratic State Senator George Bunting from Bethany Beach.