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Reggie McDaniel owns a string of grocery stores employing several minimum wage workers in the city of Monroe.

But with the possibility of a wage increase, McDaniel would have to make adjustments.

"It would make us do one of two things either lay people off or raise our prices" says McDaniel.

State Representative Marcus Hunter is trying to pass a state law requiring a 10 dollar minimum wage for people employed in the city limits of Monroe.

That's up from $7.25.

Hunter says its an investment in our employees.

"Saying ok we agree to put more value and more interest and more stock in the people of the city of Monroe and I think that begins by paying them a bit more" says Hunter.

But for McDaniel he says he'll have to make adjustments which could mean changing the low prices they advertise that attract customers.

"In my opinion it would just drive people out of Monroe to somewhere else to buy their groceries or even build businesses or something its just to small of an area to do that" says McDaniel.

Representative Hunter says he'll hope it makes a ballot so you can decide.

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