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Published: Monday, March 4 2013 4:55 p.m. MST

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Charleston, ME

Myfamily runs a small dairy farm in todays standards. ALL our emplyees earn more per hour than w do. Even the boys making only $6/ hr. The reason we survive is my husband and I combined put in between 120 to 160 hours per week on the farm and our combined income does not meet our needs at $4/hr. If we have to pay more per hour our income will not even cover the cost of our workers extra pay let alone the workers comp we would then have to pay into. WE would go out of business. Right now small farmers are exempt from minimum wage requirements which is what allows us to have the help we need. We try to be fair in wages we have the lowest wages per hour. My point is some markets will not sustain a rise in minimum wage. From what I have seen the only thing raising the minumum wage does is cause the rise in cost of goods. My sister lives in Germany a Kmart quality shirt cost 100dollars. Think about it. It is not having money but the better use of it that makes for better living.

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