KEY INDUSTRY ISSUES REMAIN ON CONGRESS' PLATE

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The days are numbered in Congress' 2000 legislative calendar, and election-year politics are at the heart of the remaining issues on the table that impact the food-retailing industry.Counter to the industry's wishes, it looks like lawmakers will find time to increase the federal minimum wage and won't eliminate or even reduce the estate tax. Those decisions would result from the

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The days are numbered in Congress' 2000 legislative calendar, and election-year politics are at the heart of the remaining issues on the table that impact the food-retailing industry.

Counter to the industry's wishes, it looks like lawmakers will find time to increase the federal minimum wage and won't eliminate or even reduce the estate tax. Those decisions would result from the election year popularity of raising the wage floor and difficulty of realizing tax bre

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