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Twenty-Seventh District Representative Chris Collins says August is not a vacation for legislators even though the House is not in session.

The congressman was in Batavia today to meet with a handful of small business owners in a roundtable to hear their concerns at the Batavia City Center.

Batavia Business Improvement District Executive Director Don Burkel says Collins, as a small businessman, should have an understanding of the problems small businesses face.

“I think one of the things is keeping costs down for business and keeping the taxes low," he said "Also, providing programs that may benefit them for their infrastructure and other things --  something to create a more level playing field for the small business person.”

Collins says small businesses want to be profitable in the face of what he calls an uncertain American future in the form of tax codes, Obamacare and more.

“We’ve just been limping along at 1.6 percent growth coming out of the worst recession that anyone can remember, meaning we’re not anywhere where we should be," Collins said. "It was just a confirmation here today that uncertainly plays a big role in that and that uncertainty is directly linked to Washington.”

Collins says this is a valuable experience with key legislation coming up when the session is back on. He says getting out in the community, rather than relying on surveys and gut feelings is important to him.

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