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NJ Minimum Wage Debate

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Seaside Heights, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) launched a campaign on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights to voice their concerns about the efforts to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage.

The proposed constitutional amendment that will be put on the ballot on Election Day in November would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.

It also calls for automatic increases every year, based on the Consumer Price Index.

The NFIB is opposed to this legislation because they feel that New Jersey’s small businesses would be hurt by the legislation, especially those along the Jersey shore that were so drastically impacted by Hurricane Sandy and then again in Seaside by the boardwalk fire.

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Bracken spoke about minimum wage increases at the Jersey Shore. “Right after Sandy, why in the world would the legislators want to do this at a time when businesses are trying to recover, trying to stay profitable, trying to stay in business? Why would they do it at a time when businesses are very vulnerable?” He said.

A recent poll shows that 65% of New Jerseyans support the increase of minimum wage. It looks like this debate will have to be determined by the voters.

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