Gov. Phil Murphy today renewed his call for enacting a $15-an-hour minimum wage for workers in New Jersey, conceding that it would need to be phased in over years but saying he did not think there should be any exemptions.

NJBIA responded immediately, calling on lawmakers to think about how it will hurt small businesses.

“Any pathway to raising the minimum wage must take into consideration the impact these actions will have on our small business owners, who are the backbone of our communities and our downtowns,” NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka said.

“Many of our members have already told us they will not be able to absorb a significant increase in the minimum wage without reducing staff, hours or benefits, raising prices or automating,” she said. “As such, and as we heard in today’s press conference, the pathway must be a gradual phased-in one affording our job creators predictability and the ability to keep up with the continuing rising costs of running their business.”

Read the full statement here.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who joined Murphy at the press conference, said his caucus was still working on legislation, but shared a commitment to address the issue soon, but offered no specific time frame.

 

 

14 responses to “Murphy Renews Push for $15 Minimum Wage”

  1. Bob says:

    The NJ minimum wage is already tied to the CPI. Where the hell are we going here, people?

  2. John says:

    My electronic recycling facility handles county and municipal e waste under a zero cost contract thru 2020. How do i increase my payroll and continue to service gov entities at zero.
    The njdep’s e waste law requires me to recycle, at zero cost

    • Joe says:

      Another example of Government intervention. Not looking at the cause and effect on grandstanding legislators

  3. Ken says:

    $15 per hour for a person trying to support a family is one thing. But $15 per hour for a teenager with no prior work experience in a first job while still in high school?

  4. Steven says:

    I own small restaurants and am looking to sell because if this is passed it will be catastrophic for my small business and family. The ones who may benefit from squeezing out the little guy will be the big business. Murphy, your idea sucks!

  5. Joe Mandala says:

    There is more wrong with a $15.00/hr minimum wage
    The minimum wage is for kids starting with joining the workforce. $15 minimum wage is not going to help support a family. Training, education for better jobs is an investment that makes sense. Not throwing good money down the toilet. Another reason the reverse migration will continue to escalate with Gov. Murphy leading the band.

  6. Andrew Wu says:

    politicians like to increase the minimum wage to show they care and be popular. Actually, they hurt the business and economy. Let them be the small business owners, then, they would understand. If I have to pay $15 per hour minimum wage, very likely, I have no choice but to let someone go.

  7. Andrew says:

    politicians like to increase the minimum wage to show they care and be popular. Actually, they hurt the business and economy. Let them be the small business owners, then, they would understand. If I have to pay $15 per hour minimum wage, very likely, I have no choice but to let someone go.

  8. JIM says:

    $15/ hr would mean average increase of $3/hr for my 6 employees. 3 x 6 x 40 =$720 week. This of course does include overtime ,insurance ,and taxes.My weekly check is currently $1500. Would one of these politicians do the math! We already compete with China and Mexico for our products so raising prices unlikely. NJ would no longer be option for our small manufacturing business.

  9. Richard says:

    Why aren’t we all marching on Trenton. It’s way past time to shut this moron down

  10. William Zeus, Jr. says:

    In the UK they have different minimum wages based on age as follows:
    under 18
    18-21
    21-24
    over 25
    Has anyone considered that for NJ?

  11. Donald Wicklund says:

    Stay out of small business and let us stay in business. The other people who already got promotions and increases also deserve a bump in their pay to be fair. What if you worked for years to get your pay up to 15.00 per hour and now the new employees come in at that rate. If this is the future of small business in New Jersey then no one will be able to stay here and then the new governor can run the empty ghost towns that he will create. He is a rich man without a clue of how hard people must work to pay the price of living in New Jersey.

  12. Janie says:

    If this passes I will have no choice but to sell my business. As a small grooming shop paying both my part time employees $15 an hour plus payroll taxes would be catastrophic. I would have to raise my grooming prices by 35% to absorb this increase. People cannot afford to live in this state any longer and if this passes, small guys like me will die.

  13. Jim says:

    Hi all, the $15 minimum is only so the governor can collect higher income taxes from employees, collect higher payroll taxes from businesses, raise workers comp insurance rates based on payroll, and reduce state costs in providing welfare to part time workers. In other words, just more money to spend in government. What happens to those business owners serving lower income communities who do not make $15 per hour as a business owner?