Business owners respond to push to raise NC's minimum wage

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An advocacy group asked lawmakers Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in North Carolina. Raising Wages NC aims to raise wages to $12 an hour by 2020, and to $15 an hour by 2022.

Caroline Fisher owns Swahili Coast in downtown Wilmington. She said she has always paid higher than minimum wage, and thinks the state's base pay requirement is too low.

"It has not kept up with inflation, it has not kept up with increasing housing price, and groceries and gas, and so people are trying to get by on less and less," she said.

Fisher said raising wages could mean raising costs, but overall, she believes the minimum wage should rise.

"It's showing respect for their time, for what they've spent time doing, and you also are able to hold on to people a little bit better," she said.

According to the Raising Wages NC website, a national push to raise wages has seen success in Maine, Arkansas, Nebraska, New York, California, and Seattle.

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