Local Chamber nixes 2 ballot issues

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Regional Chamber is opposing two state issues on the Nov. 7 ballot: the minimum wage increase, and allowing the state's race tracks to have slot machines with a portion used to fund college tuition grants.
The chamber's board of directors unanimously rejected the minimum wage proposal, Issue 2, that would raise the wage from 5.15 to 6.85 an hour, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
The board isn't opposed to raising the minimum wage, but opposes it being done through a constitutional amendment. Also, the board doesn't agree with the ballot language that requires adjustments using the consumer price index, and says not being able to control the rate could be detrimental to the local economy.
The chamber's government affairs council unanimously opposed the gambling initiative, Issue 3, known as "Learn and Earn."
The council opposes the plan because it is limited to the state's seven racetracks and two Cleveland locations, and wouldn't assist the Mahoning Valley economy; and because of concerns about the restrictions on who is eligible for tuition grants under the proposal.

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