Long Island businesses have mixed reactions to increase phased-in minimum wage
Minimum wage for workers no Long Island is set to go up at the end of December.
Most businesses will soon be required to pay employees at least $15 an hour, which is not sitting well with some owners.
Dept. of Labor: Minimum wage phase-in continues to rise to $15 for LI, Westchester county by end of 2021
George Starkie has owned Starkie Bros. Garden Center in Farmingdale since 1982. He says increasing the minimum wage will have a great effect on his payroll and in the kind of employee he can hire.
"I'm always begging the elected to do the right thing and have an entry level wage," Starkie says.
He says the new wage makes it "almost impossible" to hire high schoolers and give them an entry level job.
Starkie says wages are increasing so the scale is going up for everybody.
Todd Kirschner, co-owner of Trio Hardware and Paint in Plainview, says he has 18 employees and that the increase won't have much of an effect on him.
"As far as money management and just preparing, don't be surprised," Kirschner says. "Just plan ahead."