Businesses in Midland are doing their best to deal with the challenges forced upon them as a result of the new $14 per hour minimum wage, which took effect on Jan. 1.
“The price of labour has gone up significantly and there is nothing we can do about it. It is the price of doing businesses,” said James Rothwell, owner of Pet Valu. “I’ve just absorbed it and moved forward.”
Like other businesses in town, Rothwell says the majority of his employees were making more than minimum wage before the increase was implemented.
After the wage jump, he increased all of his employee wages accordingly and has absorbed the difference.
“You have to move everyone up. I am not going to have someone who has been working for me for…