At Wednesday’s Manufacturing Caucus hearing, two business owners expressed concerns about their ability to compete nationally and internationally if New Jersey raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

As NJTV reported, companies spoke one by one about some of the issues facing the industry for the caucus, chaired by Senator Bob Gordon (D-38).

“The advanced manufacturing industry contributed almost $31 billion to the state’s GDP in 2015,” correspondent Leah Mishkin said. “That’s a little over 6 percent of all output.”

Manufacturers also expressed concern over finding skilled workers.

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