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Business owner advocates for higher minimum wage

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - ReShonda Young, owner of Popcorn Heaven in Waterloo, says she has the best employees around.

"They care about the company. They care about our customers," said Young.

"They're doing what we need to do to make this a profitable business and need to be rewarded for it," she said.

Young said she never abides by federal guidelines to pay employees $7.25 per hour; instead, she said each one of her ten employees at Popcorn Heaven makes more than $10.10 an hour.

"We are a small business. We care about our employees, and we want them to be able to support themselves and their families," said Young.

Lawmakers fear a mandate to raise minimum wage would lead to more unemployment because businesses wouldn't be able to afford paying their employees more money.

"You don't want to do something that increases unemployment more," said Senator Chuck Grassley.

Young said if business owners are willing to be cost efficient elsewhere, they should be able to afford paying their employees more than $7.25 an hour.

"It's more valuable for them to be here than it is for them not to be here," she said.
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