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07/24/07 - Lufkin

Minimum Wage Increase

by Tashun Chism

Jay Page is a miminum wage employee at the Hope Center of North Lufkin. He was surprised when he learned minimum is being increased today.

"It had been so long since I had been waiting for that. I didn't think it was ever going to happen," said Page.

The increase raises minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $5.85 an hour. Many people think the increase is good for employee morale and for the u-s economy.

"Employees need that. They need that extra boost because the economy is still, in my opinion, sagging and sluggish," said Linda Pendland, Director of the Hope Center of North Lufkin.

Today's minimum wage increase is the first in 10 years. Many people believe the fact that it took so long should serve as a wake up call.

"That should make people more determined to get a better education, to get better jobs, to get more career minded. Because it's still not enough to keep up with the growing prices," Pendland said.

As for Page, he says he'll be even more excited once he sees the increase on his check.

"I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready for money to roll around!"

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