Seattle's minimum wage law, which classifies franchisees in the same tier as companies with more than 500 employees, will force some small businesses to close, as they will not be able to compete with mom-and-pop shops that have four more years to phase in higher wages, the IFA said. "This is dividing small-business owners. It's the government picking winners and losers, and it's unfair," IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira said.

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