Pocketbook Issues

The 2000 election brings some of small business's biggest issues to the forefront--from affordable health care to dotcom taxes

For the first time in years, the nation's 25 million small-business owners feel they have a stake in the outcome next November. It doesn't happen often, but this presidential-election year features a raft of issues affecting their pocketbooks. Some, like the minimum wage, are perennials; others, like Internet taxes, are brand new. All, however, pose dramatic changes in the way small companies do business, take care of their employees and pay Uncle Sam. Here's a sampling of the leading issues Washington hands are wrangling over:

HIKING THE MINIMUM WAGE A higher minimum wage is so popular with voters that in March,...

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