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A local lawmaker is critical of the minimum wage bill headed to the Governor's desk.  Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, says there will be significant negative effects on small and mid-sized businesses, municipalities and nonprofits.  He says raising people out of poverty through a livable wage is a noble goal, but forcing employers to increase wages is not a responsible way to do so.  Hwang says it ignores market realities and called it counterproductive.  Hwang says the cost of doing business in this state is already too high and believes this bill won't put more money in people’s pockets.  Instead, he says it will increase unemployment, increase prices, and hinder growth in an already fragile economy.

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