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Felicia moore

An Atlanta City Councilperson wants to bump the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but other leaders and business owners wonder if the city can afford the pay hike.

Councilmember Felicia Moore is advocating a $5 raise for minimum wage city workers.

Moore believes the raise at the bottom may also lift everyone’s salary.

“If we do it we may have to raise other people as well so you don’t have a compression issue so those things need to be looked at,” Moore told WSBRadio.

“Process is important to me,” City Councilmember Andre Dickens said.

Therefore Dickens suggested that such an important issue be studied first.

“I want to make sure we can afford it, that we don’t have any loss in services or any furloughs that is totally not what we want to have happened,” Dickens added.

Dickens supports the possible jump in pay, but doesn’t want it to happen at the expense of the city’s fiscal stability.

“It’s a balancing act of costs and benefits,” Dickens said.

The City council will vote on the issue in two weeks. If the resolution passes Dickens’ said her study will take about two months.

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