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Monday, June 1, 2009

Chamber leader travels near, far with a message: This bill is bad

The Nashua Telegraph profiles my olf friend, Chris Williams, who's working with the Nashua Chamber of Commerce to head off some of the economy-busting tax increases in the state budget:

It wasn’t the outcome Chris Williams was hoping for.

Williams, the president of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, was in Concord to lobby against a bill, SB 40.

State representatives holding a work session in mid-May on the legislation ultimately voted in favor of recommending the bill to pass, arguing that it represented the best interests of employees.

The bill pertained to whether companies with 75 or more employees should be required to give 60 days notice when laying off a third of the work force or shutting down completely.

The vote didn’t go Williams’ way, but that didn’t stop him from asking for some legislators to stick around and chat.

As local businesses try to weather this prolonged economic slump, Williams said the most effective way he can represent their interests is working in Concord to track legislation that could either hurt or benefit them.

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