RENO, NV -- President Barack Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour means an even higher minimum wage in Nevada. Voters in Nevada amended the state's constitution, raising the minimum wage a dollar higher than the federal rate. The wage will remain higher than the national rate under the amendment.
"We all start that way, and it can be tough especially here where it's a part-time kind of thing we make tips but it's not enough to do a lot," Laryssa House, a server and assistant manager at Squeeze In said.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25, and the Nevada minimum wage is $8.25.
Shila Morris, owner and president of Squeeze In said the increase would cost about nine-thousand dollars a year. "Not as big as I initially expected still we will feel the impact but ultimately it comes down to a humanitarian issue and I think it's the right thing to do."
However, Tray Abney, director of government relations at the Chamber of Commerce, said: "When you make it more expensive to create jobs especially entry-level jobs I think that's a problem." "People's wages may go up but the prices they are paying for goods will also go up and I'm not sure they will be making a lot more at the end of the day," he added.
Washington-state is among the states with the highest minimum wage, $9.19 an hour.