9/21/2004

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said a bill requiring economic impact reports prior to constructing retail stores larger than 130,000 square feet "would stifle market competition and expansion of employment within California." Separately, a bill that would have raised the state's minimum wage to $7.75 per hour by Jan. 1, 2006, was rejected by Schwarzenegger as a "barrier" to an economic recovery.

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