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Rep. Bentz presses legislators to make fixes in wage hike law

By Pat Caldwell
For the Malheur Enterprise

ONTARIO – State Rep. Cliff Bentz said he believes the passage of the state’s minimum wage law during the last legislative session will strike a serious blow to business in Eastern Oregon but the longtime Malheur County lawmaker isn’t ready to throw in the towel.

At least not yet.

Rep. Cliff Bentz

Bentz, whose sprawling Oregon District 60 includes Malheur County, said he believes the new minimum wage law can be, and will be, altered in the future.

“We have the support in the (Capitol) building for modifications to the bill,” he said. “Many of my Democratic friends came up to me and said, ‘We know your part of . . .