State Senate creates task force to help local retailers

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YOUR VOTE. WE WILL HAVE RESULTS TONIGHT ON 22-NEWS AT 10 AND 11. ASHLEY: CONCERNS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF RETAIL IN MASSACHUSETTS. 22NEWS REPORTER RYAN WALSH DISCOVERED WHY THE STATE CREATED A RETAIL TASK FORCE. RYAN WALSH: THERE ARE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT ONLINE SHOPPING AND STATE REGULATIONS IN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY. THE STATE SENATE CREATED A SPECIAL TASK FORCE ON THE LOCAL RETAIL SECTOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH. STATE SENATOR DON HUMASON OF WESTFIELD IS ON THE TASK FORCE. HE TOLD 22NEWS THE GROUP WILL DEVELOP A STRATEGY AND THE STEPS TO TAKE THAT WILL HELP RETAILERS NOT HURT THEM. SENATOR DON HUMASON: IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF RETAILERS THAT NO LONGER EXIST HERE IN THE DOWNTOWN OR THE SMALL TOWNS LIKE THEY USED TOO WHEN WE WERE KIDS THEN YOU REALLY HAVE TO WORRY, WHAT’S IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE IN 10 YEARS, 20 YEARS, 30 YEARS, WHERE WILL PEOPLE LOOK, WHERE WILL THE SHOP? RYAN WALSH: SENATOR HUMASON TOLD 22NEWS THE STATE HAS MANY WELL MEANING POLICIES THAT HAVE HURT BUSINESSES. THE TASK FORCE MUST FILE A REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE BY

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