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Yakima Business People Return From Olympia

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YAKIMA--Small business owners from all over Washington lobbied in Olympia Wednesday, including some members of the Yakima Chamber of Commerce.  Agricultural communities tend to hold steady during economic downturns, but many small businesses are not as fortunate.

It's an annual lobby day, but quite different this year than last year.

"A lot of best intention plans over there [in Olympia] and we're just trying to point out look there's employers here that can't foot the bill for everything," Gailon Gentry, Chair between Government and Business Relations, Yakima Chamber of Commerce, said.

One of the issues chamber members discussed is Washington's minimum wage.   Gentry said it is too high. He claims it forces many employers to lay people off.

All issues they discussed focus on small business needs.