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Cape businesses squeezed as wages increase

When tourist season hit, the Lighthouse Inn in West Dennis was ready to receive guests. The room rates were set, reservations had been made, and the housekeeping staff of temporary foreign workers was in place.

Then innkeeper Gregory Stone got a notice from the federal government. Because of a string of lawsuits and legal rulings, he suddenly had to pay his cleaners an additional $2 per hour, throwing off his payroll budget for the season and potentially cutting into the summer profits that he needs to carry him through the year

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