”’Bette Tatum, the statewide director of the National Federation of Independent Business, testified before the Senate Labor Committee on SB 2145, which provides for an annual adjustment to the state minimum wage based upon federal cost of living allowance increases, beginning Jan. 1, 2005.”’

As state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, I represent thousands of hardworking small business owners statewide who are trying hard to keep their businesses afloat.

After living through a nightmarish decade of extremely difficult economic times in Hawaii — and finally seeing the hope of a light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel — Hawaii’s businesses hope lawmakers will not keep trying to micro-manage how small business owners conduct their business. Additional government mandates for Hawaii

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