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January 26, 2013

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Tonawanda News — "In my opinion, the three-day waiting period allows people to stew about it ... go back to their districts, hear things, and then get worried," Grisanti said. "Then, they come back and the deal falls apart." 

Grisanti also discussed lawmakers' proposal to increase minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.75 per hour, a jump that Grisanti believes is too drastic. 

"Small businesses have said that would be detrimental to them," Grisanti said. "Studies show that those between the ages of 16 and 24 would lose their jobs if it was increased by that much...and many would not qualify for HEAP and health coverage." 

Grisanti noted that if correlated to inflation rates, the minimum wage should be $10.10.

"I'm glad we've gotten away from tying it to inflation," he said. "I think $8 would be more reasonable." 

Tracey  Lukasik, Executive Director of the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, also provided attendees with commerce news and told local businessmen and women to inform her of their company's news for advertising on the commerce's Facebook page.

She also announced an award ceremony to be held at the Village Square Events & Catering on Feb. 6. Board members of the commerce and the Kenmore Merchants Association will be installed for 2013, and awards will be given businesses for their community service and environmentally friendly policies. 

The commerce is accepting nominations for the awards on their website. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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