9th District Delegation Claims Wage Increase Will Hurt Small Business, Seniors
TRENTON – With Democrats from Senate President Steve Sweeney to CD1’s Rep. Donald Norcross calling for a raise in the minimum wage on both a state and federal level, LD9’s Senator Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Diane Gove all expressed opposition to a minimum wage increase.
They released a joint statement opposing the bills.“Raising the minimum wage can prove to be a zero-sum gain,” they proclaimed.
“Left with no other choice, small businesses will cut employees’ hours to compensate for the additional payroll costs.”
Senate President Sweeney was quoted by the Star-Ledger as saying that raising the minimum wage is “…a matter of economic fairnessand human dignity,” Sweeney said. “No one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty, especially at a time when so much of the nation’s wealth flows up to the richest 1 percent.”
But the Ocean County state legislators disagreed with Democratic proposals.“From experience, we’re skeptical about any tax incentive attached to a minimum wage increase for small businesses. Tax incentives can be easily removed through State Budget language, even as the minimum wage increase stays in effect.”
“Taxpayers and workers would be better served if the state adopted a more long-term strategy to strengthen New Jersey’s economy as opposed to running off businesses and driving up the costs of goods for consumers including for those who can least afford it.”
With wage increases largely being a partisan wedge issue between the Democrat controlled state legislature and Republican governor, any action is unlikely in the near future on the issue.