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New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Vote

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In November, voters will be asked to decide on more than just the next Governor of NJ. Voters will also be asked if they would like to increase the minimum wage by $1 to $8.25/hour.

Laurie Ehlbeck, the NJ State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says that the minimum wage needs to stay where it is or it will actually hurt employees.

Ehlbeck says, “Over the course of the next 10 years, there’s a potential for 31,000 jobs and opportunities to be lost, in addition to $4.2 billion dollars in the economy that could be lost.”

Ehlbeck says that the minimum wage is not meant to be a living wage. Instead, she described it as a starting point for small businesses.

“Employers hire people at the minimum wage or more, and they expect that within the first 6 months or year, they’re gonna learn, they’re gonna hone their skills, and they’re gonna be able to move them up within the organization,” Ehlbeck says.

Chasing New Jersey then brought in New Jersey’s Senate President, Steve Sweeney, to discuss why he is championing this legislation and believes an increased minimum wage is what NJ residents need and deserve.

"It's not the end-all be-all but it's a starting point," Sweeney says.

He says people at the lower end of the pay scale will immediately spend that extra money, which will help the economy.

"Instead of eating hot dogs, you might eat chicken," Sweeney says.

For more information about the National Federation of Independent Business, please visit: http://www.nfib.com/

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