Industry officials air disappointment with wage-hike process

WASHINGTON The National Restaurant Association voiced its frustration with the federal minimum wage increase passed Thursday by Congress, asserting that the measure, a provision of the controversial $120 billion Iraq spending bill, “was entirely out of place” in the debate over war funding.

In addition, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association said it was disappointed the $4.9 billion tax package also included in the bill did not contain more relief measures

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