Small Business Reacts to Minimum Wage Change

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- President Obama's use of an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers ahead of Tuesday night's State of the Union address has put the spotlight back on minimum wage in Virginia.

Raising the minimum wage has been a big debate across the country and it could hurt small businesses.

Sharon Alphin, the owner of Wade's Store in Staunton said she might have to stop hiring and even cut hours if some lawmakers have their way.

Earlier this year, Delegate Joe Morrissey introduced a bill that would raise Virginia's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.

Alphin said that an increase in minimum wage would lead to a decrease in her workforce because she would not be able to afford to hire more employees.

"I've been here 22 years and the last four or five have been the worst, if this goes up now I can't see it getting any better so please, think about what you're doing to us small people. We're the ones that started, Wal-Mart came after us," said Alphin.

The bill is currently before the House Committee on Commerce and Labor.

If passed, the next possible change in minimum wage could go into effect later this year. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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