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Will the minimum wage hike mean higher consumer costs?

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Scott Weisberg says his company, the Mariners Harbor-based Everything Entertainment — a tent, stage and lighting company — loses out to businesses that “don’t have all the unfair tax advantages” that come with doing business in New York.

On top of this, Weisberg now has to pay his workers a higher wage, and he fears he can’t remain competitive in the marketplace.

“I’m going to have to start new guys at $15 an hour and it’s going to make it impossible for me to do business,” said Weisberg.

“At the end of the day my guys will be working less, because I won’t be able to afford the increase (in per hour pay),” he added.

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