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Connections: Local business owners debate raising the minimum wage

There is a movement across may parts of the country to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour -- and not just for fast food workers. Many Democrats are calling for a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour, or at least that amount on the state and local levels. 

Seattle is a leader in this story; in 2014, it began moving to a $15 minimum wage. Since then, other cities have taken note. 

This hour, we talk to local business owners on both sides of the debate. In studio:

  • Jonathan Orpin, founder and president of Pioneer Millworks in Farmington, NY
  • Tim Schiefen, owner of Certified Automotive Repair in Bloomfield, NY
  • David Hyde, reporter and interviewer for KUOW in Seattle
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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