- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A consultant is telling Jackson officials that raising the city’s minimum wage over the next two years up to $10.65 an hour may create financial problems.

The Jackson City Council voted for a plan last year to bump wage annually in steps to $10.65 by October of 2016.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1BqZWKf ) consultant John Jordan of Core Learning LLC told city leaders this week it could cause a financial problem to raise all employees salary.

Jordan says the city currently has about 1,800 workers who are paid hourly. He said to give all 1,800 workers a $1.50 per hour wage increase would cost the city about $6 million.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says changes will have to be done in phases to ease the impact on the budget.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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