Essential Pittsburgh
10:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Tuesday Rundown: Small Business and the Minimum Wage

How would a raise in the minimum wage affect workers and small business owners, particularly in Pittsburgh's restaurant industries?
How would a raise in the minimum wage affect workers and small business owners, particularly in Pittsburgh's restaurant industries?
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These topics air Tuesday May 6, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.  

The Small Business Impact of a Higher Minimum Wage

Last Wednesday the US Senate voted down a proposal by President Obama to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Many contend that such a steep raise would cripple job growth and small businesses. Others say more money and spending power for workers would be a boost for the economy overall.

We’ll talk about how a higher wage might take a toll on small business or offer a boost, with Alex Halper, Director of Government Relations for the PA Chamber of Business & Industry, and Art Helms, a Wendy’s employee and member of One Pittsburgh who is organizing for fair pay and a union for fast food workers. We’ll also get small business owner perspectives from Sonja Finn, Chef and Owner of Dinette restaurant and bar in East Liberty and Chris Dilla, owner of Bocktown Beer & Grill.

WESA Celebrates – Mary Savage

The former community relations director at the Carnegie Library in Homewood is profiled in this week’s WESA Celebrates. We’ll discover how she’s worked to make Homewood a better, and more colorful, place resulting in being identified as “the Flower Lady.”

The Business of Mother’s Day

Mom’s special day is this Sunday. From cards to candy to flowers, this week, contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of Mother’s Day.

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