News Local Chamber of Commerce feels drastic minimum wage hike will do more harm than good SHARE ON: Kenny Trenton, contributor, Thursday, Jun. 1st, 2017 The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce feels a 32% hike in the minimum wage hurts businesses and employees. The province is set to introduce legislation that would increase the minimum wage from just over eleven dollars an hour to 15 dollars by 2019. Chamber President Jerry Walker says the wage bump is just one factor. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jerry-1.mp3 He adds the wage hike could have a negative spin-off in other sectors. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jerry-2.mp3 The Chamber supports an increase to the minimum wage but feels a 32% jump in less than two years is too drastic. He also warns you not to be surprised if the cost of your lunch goes up. //www.myhaliburtonnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Jerry-3.mp3 Walker also feels there will be fewer jobs for students with such a drastic wage bump.