Laurie Scott is joining chambers of commerce across Ontario in voicing concerns with a proposed minimum wage increase.

The Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock M.P.P. says the government should have done a study before putting a proposal on the table to hike minimum wage.

Scott says an innkeeper told her last week that a 32 per cent increase to the minimum wage in under 18 months will hurt.

Scott says there is no point in increasing the minimum wage if employees don’t have jobs to go to.

The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is joining the Ontario Chamber in studying the effects an increase to the minimum wage will have on small and medium sized businesses.

Under the proposal, the minimum wage would increase from just over $11 an hour to $15 by 2019.