Credit: charles taylor

In 2014, city councilors agreed to phase in a higher minimum wage, starting at $8.40 in 2015. That will go up to $9.20 on Jan. 1 and then $10.10 in 2019. City officials acknowledge the challenges local businesses face with the increased labor costs, but at the same time, they say the reductions in worker hours and increased prices at the register aren't as damaging as some had predicted. Is Las Cruces ready? Are you a local business that will be affected? How are you taking the changes?